The uniquely created Mobile Painting Device has opened an incredible door for me to the world of art. I have been enabled to be creative and expressive with my wheelchair, and to have fun while creating great paintings I can be proud of. It has definitely been a good and defining experience, taking my disability and through it allowing me to express my creative side. I spin and loop across the canvas spreading paint in broad strokes creating lines and dimensions, watching as the canvas is swallowed up with different colours. Lines are overlapping and twisting and turning, the excitement within me teeming up, it is thrilling as the art takes form. Then the finished work, what I like to call "wheelchair calligraphy", a piece of art completed, something that is different to every observer, something that makes me feel joy at the work I have created. Never would I have imagined that one day I would be able to transform my wheelchair into a paintbrush, that is truly amazing and innovative and I have Jeff to thank for thinking outside the box.
Painting has helped me to see that there is more to me; to see that I can be artistic and unique. Each painting has it’s different lines and colours, each one has it’s own voice, to speak in volumes to the ability in the disability, it is awesome. I am very thankful that Jeff chose me to be the first person to use the Mobile Painting Device. It has been an encouraging journey as people have complemented me on how much they like my works of art. I would have to say it has been a confidence builder, knowing that I have this creative skill to paint these works that stand out and are unlike any others. I would end by saying that the MPD has changed my life for the better, it has enriched my inner man and allowed me to feel great happiness.
So I am thankful.
-Matt Proctor, MPD artist
In 2007 artist Jeff Nachtigall designed the Mobile Painting Device (MPD). The MPD transforms the wheel chair into a giant paintbrush, giving people living with neurological deficits the opportunity to express themselves on a very large scale. With delicate and precise movements of the wheel chair’s “joystick” the artist applies calligraphic lines of paint. Layer upon layer the painting is built. Time passes and the work evolves. Emotion is expressed and decisions are made until the artist is satisfied. This is a deliberate process. The accident is denied as the artist is in full control. This is not a “virtual” substitute or computer generated facsimile. This plays out in real time on a real canvas with real results.
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