GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — When Brian Delozier was just 16 years old, he was involved in a skiing accident that initially left him paralyzed from the neck down.
When Delozier was skiing with his friends, they built a jump and he came down on his head. Delozier said he instantly knew something was wrong.
“That was the beginning of the struggle of a lifetime,” he said.
Eventually, he was able to regain mobility and is now able to walk with the use of canes. After the accident, Delozier began to search of something to fill his life with: A passion.
In his early 20s, he moved to Hawaii, which is when he found art.
“Dot Nation, for me, personally, is… it’s a timeline almost of all the major events in my life,” Delozier said.
When ArtPrize Eight begins Wednesday, Dot Nation will be the piece Delozier features. It is his first time entering the competition.
“ArtPrize is, in the art world, is the biggest art contest in the world. It’s one of the biggest, most prestigious art events there is,” said Delozier.
It took him a year to make Dot Nation. It is 3 feet and 5 inches tall and 17 feet long, with 216 dots per square centimeter. In all equaling about 7.3 million dots comprise the piece.
Delozier said getting to this point was a grueling process, but worth it.
“It brought me to a place where I can’t imagine. The things I learned through the accident, I wouldn’t trade for anything. Even the physical ability I lost is nothing to what I gained from it,” said Delozier.
You can see Dot Nation featured in the lobby of the 99 Monroe building in downtown Grand Rapids.