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 Franze 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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Eye Sea Squares 20-20
This project kick started my career it was run in conjunction with Portsmouth festivities an annual arts event. The theme was 20 as it was the events 20 year anniversary. With the the support of Aspex gallery.
The project was to raise awareness of sight loss threw tactile art. I ran workshops and visited 5 schools around Portsmouth were over 1000 people took part. Each person from the age of 3 to 93 made a tactile square inspired by the sound of the sea. Then I stitched them all together to make a large tactile tapestry that was 16 metres long and took 600 hours to put together.
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My first solo exhibition which was held at Yellow edge gallery Gosport.
It was a culmination of the previous 18 months of my artistic practice. with works from an artist residency exploring smells and sounds to the re-birth sound instillation created at Aspex gallery. It showed in full the eye sea squares tapestry and new work created just for the exhibition wall hangings to framed textiles inspired by the sound of the sea. It ran for a week in which i had over 200 visitors and lots of visually impaired people came and hugged the walls
We Believe project
This project was my greatest achievement as an artist and it came at a time in the world were there was a global pandemic. Portsmouth creates commissioned 20 artists to create a poster that will bring hope to a city threw these strange times and i was over come with joy to be selected and have my piece of art displayed around southsea in an arts trail. My piece was about taking the rainbow design and adding all the unsung heroes of Covid in braille dots. So in the piece which is called unsung heroes is doctors, teachers, food retailers, and many more professions that kept this country going. I was very proud for my art to be shown and my hope is people will want to learn braille as well.
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