As an artist, everyday I am faced with the challenge of visualizing the outside world. Artists are constantly viewing the world through different eyes and lenses. Seeing becomes not only a part of a natural routine but also a way of creation. Sara Angelucci states, “In contemporary Western culture, we value seeing above all other forms of acquiring knowledge.” It is often that I personally take for granted my sense of sight. Through my own introspections and investigations, I have found a greater respect for those who live in a sensory challenged world. I have realized the strength of these individuals infinding color in a world in which they cannot see.
I have created a portrait series of visually impaired adults. I attempted to document a conversation with each person as a counter balance to his or her portrait, which only captures a single moment in time. I asked each individual the same broad question, “How do you view the world?” My goal for this seriesis to question the notion of fine art and the social restrictions and acceptances that we have created through time.