Dear readers, tonight with us is a deaf art student, who was dragged into a trail of murder, revenge and vengeance spanning centuries and countries.
What was it like living in London, then moving to Spain with your Aunt and Uncle?
For some reason, I don’t remember much about living in London. Snippets of events pop up here and there, they just don’t seem real. I remember our house in London. It always felt so cold, impersonal. I felt I had to tip toe around everywhere.
My father had inherited the house from some long lost relative. I think a part of me blocks out a lot of my earlier childhood.
It felt so different when I moved to Spain when I was 10. My aunt had made sure to make her house a home. Everything in their house felt like it had meaning. My bedroom actually felt like a sanctuary, instead of some place just to sleep in.
I missed my mother; however, for the first time, I felt safe, I felt part of a family.
What is your most cherished memory, and how does the bad memory of your father haunt the good ones?
Going to the Art museum with my mum is one of my most cherished moments, I guess one of the only times I can clearly remember from back then.
My nightmares always involve that museum, and would rapidly take me to the night the car crashed. In my nightmare, I clearly remember hearing my mum call for me, and then I see my body falling down the stairs, my father watching from above…
I don’t know if my nightmares cloud my actual memories, I struggle to picture what happened.
Yelling, threats, my fear of my father all felt so real at the time. When I wake, I just don’t know what is real, and what is imagined… Except that Art Museum.
This is a pretty personal question, how does being deaf affect what you are doing now?
Being deaf has both advantages and disadvantages. I don’t hear if someone is behind me, I sense it, I guess. When I was younger, I was terrified something bad would happen, I couldn’t ‘hear’ it coming.
So, I guess I fine-tuned my other senses. Trained myself to sense a change in the way the air flowed around me when someone was close.
The way nature and objects moved, birds suddenly scattering when something or someone disturbs it.
The smell of cologne or perfume, a hint of curry, tobacco or coffee.
Smelling, tasting, seeing small disruptions to create a more detailed picture around me. Learning to understand how to interpret those small changes.
Now, I use that to watch people. Watch how their lips move when they talk, how their feet are positioned, the way they hold their hands, small ticks that indicate to me they are holding back.
I can’t hear the tone of voice, I can’t hear if they’re angry or sad. Instead, I watch their face, learn the intricacies of their expressions.
That gives me the confidence. I don’t have to rely on others, that’s important to me.
Which is why, I guess, I love Art. I was studying Art History at Seville University, taking after my mum, in some ways. The picture holds so much depth; we only need to understand what we are seeing. Like body language, art has many interpretations to one single image; you just need to understand the workings behind it.Continue reading “Annabella Cordova (of Initiated to Kill, by Sharlene Almond)”