Art is often a domain that is inaccessible to the visually impaired. As a result, this community can feel marginalized and forgotten about. Too often we rely solely on the visitor’s sense of sight to create meaning from a piece of art. CONTACT aims to bring awareness to the necessity of including the visually impaired in the art community by creating art that can be enjoyed through sight and touch.
As a partially blind artist, I am interested in exploring new ways to make art accessible to those who have sensory impairments, while also breaking down barriers regarding being able to touch artworks on display. My previous work has dealt with the meaning-making process, including the Rorschach Inkblot test, and the difference between sight and perceiving. My current work aims to expand on those themes by activating the viewer’s ability to make sense of art in new ways by creating pieces that are accessible on a visual and tactile level. The work will encourage viewers, both sighted and visually impaired, to use their visual and tactile senses in the meaning-making process, engaging with their imaginations and allowing them to experience a different way of communicating and interacting with art.