Seeing without Seeing
Clarke Reynolds visual art by a blind artist
Seeing without seeing is a tagline that describes my art. Not only can you see the art but you can touch it as well making it accessible to visually impaired people. Inspired by the sounds around us including the English language and how we communicate through words.
The seeingwithoutseeing.com site provides information about upcoming shows, exhibitions and images of past projects, as well as information about my artistic journey from dream to realisation
Art is my life and as a child there was no other career for me. It started when I saw the painting 'the yellow cow' by the artist Franz Marc it opened up my imagination of what art can be.
I was born with limited sight in my right eye but that never stopped me doing what I love which is being creative unfortunately due to kidney problems I had to leave school early however I fought back and studied art at a higher level gaining a BA honour's degree in model making.
I was a dental model maker I loved my job and creating art in my spare time then the worst thing that could happen for a visual person I start to lose my sight in my other eye. I had to give up my job and was left in limbo.
I still had my passion for art but found it hard to engage with the materials I previously used as I couldn't see what I was doing. Then I stumbled across textiles and realised that by touching them I felt connected with my artistic process. I took it one step further by sowing with wool allowing me to add layers to build up a picture like a painter does with paint and as a painter uses his eyes to what he can see as his inspiration I on the other hand use sound as my muse using different fabrics that have a connection with the sound you hear.
I found out that I wanted my art to be experienced by everyone no matter their visual impairment so my art is fully accessible through sound and touch.
My art has changed a lot as my sight decreases but one thing has always stayed the same the use of dots in my work as I've always been a fan of pointillism and I always say to people I see threw a thousand dots now the dots mean something as I've discovered Braille. I use this form of writing in my artwork trying to push the boundaries of what Braille was intended for using the English language and how we say words there descriptive power and using the dots as a vessel to bring that word to life threw Braille my hope is to highlight visual impairment through my artistic language.
My story as an artist has just began and I hope one day people will talk about me in the same vein as Picasso who changed people's perception of art that is my dream to be recognised as an artist that pushes boundaries
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The Power of Touch
A dream come true waited 20 years to have my first solo exhibition in London and at Quantus gallery which means new beginnings. An apt word as I believe my life has just started. This exhibition embodied my practice and ethos that art is for everyone series of new works that made you think about visual and tactile allowing you too touch art that would be sold on to collectors knowing that it had been handled by hundreds of hands added value to the art and the story of been visually impaired. Wanting to give power back to a blind person in a visual world as these Fab too touch pieces echo you only see an ice lolly but a blind person sees more as they read the story through touch...and the engagement with many schools coming and the sight loss community accessing the art. Plus a became semi famous over the month being on many TV outlets allowing me to be seen too make a difference and thats important...
Decoding Braille Decoding Me
My first Braille solo exhibition a culmination of 18 months research exploring Braille as a visual language.
Inspired by print as a Braille typographer I wanted to show the beauty in that tiny dot when its enlarged as Braille is not meant to be seen only touched. I created a colour coded system each letter pattern was given its only colour so that a sighted person could learn braille threw colour association just as the brain recognises patterns in daily life the idea was as you walk around and decode it with a key the person would start to remember the pattern hence learn Braille. What made it more special was that the dots were raised so that visually impaired people could read the art by touch so they were on par with a sighted person in this exhibition.
There was 26 canvases each canvas was in the colour of the letter so it became a self portrait in words.
This exhibition went on the road to The BASE gallery in Newbury in 2022 for a month a great adventure and participation.
Journey by Dots
April 2022 to June
This exhibition is the biggest and the most important in my art life. It started as a six year old going to an art gallery called Aspex and 35 years later I have my first exhibition at a contemporary gallery and it so happens to be at Aspex....so the art was based around that journey of a young child loosing his sight in one eye to an adult who is going fully blind and how art saved my life through all the obstacles put in my way. There are three journeys were you can see my path in neon braille under UV light but if you really want to no me as a person you have to you have to touch the art to read the emotional journey which is redacted black braille. it also included tactile braille pavement slabs that you can sit and stand on