Artist Profile: Ananya Rao-Middleton
NOVEMBER 11, 2021
Ananya Rao-Middleton is a disabled illustrator and activist who survived a traumatic brain injury and is currently living with multiple sclerosis and several other hidden disabilities. Through her artwork she hopes to create a sense of validation and belonging by reflecting the lived experiences of disabled people.
What do you seek to communicate in your work?
I use my artwork as a tool to speak truth to the experiences of people living at the intersection of disability, race and gender.
How has nature been a source of inspiration for you?
Nature and drawing nature helped to heal me while I was recovering from my traumatic brain injury. I find nature grounding and comforting as well as being a source of inspiration to draw and paint!
Tell us about your most memorable bird experience.
I was visiting family in Bangalore, India. My cousin lives in a high rise apartment and I remember watching this huge eagles fly so close to her balcony. It was amazing!