Joseph Grigely is an artist and writer. He has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the MCA Chicago, and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. His books include Textualterity: Art, Theory, and Textual Criticism; Exhibition Prosthetics; and Oceans of Love: The Uncontainable Gregory Battcock.
Beauty is DifficultBy Joseph Grigely
The story about how I became deaf is a story I tell often, because people always want to know what happened. It started when I was a year old, when I lost my hearing in one ear from a fever. Then when I was ten years old, in 1967, I was playing King of the Hill with some friends. I fell maybe fifteen feet, rolling over the ground, and when I reached the bottom of the hill things seemed strange: the commotion around me was silent. As I staggered around, the faces of my friends were anxious, and their mouths moved, but nothing came out.