ESSOFREE/FORESEES  

Eight Gallery, Dublin, February 21st – March 6th, 2015

 

PM66 - Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo, 21st April - 10th May 2015

 

Based on the life of a visually impaired person, I have researched the condition through a family member who has gradually lost their sight over the past 20 years.  Through mixed media and installation the exhibition will feature personal belongings and household items that have been adapted to adjust to everyday life and daily tasks. Displaying how the use of memory, touch and order become a way to adapt to life without sight. Other areas covered include the deterioration of sight as observed through the strength of reading glasses lenses, and change in familiar images and paintings.  The loss of your own handwriting and ability to read. The use of other people to translate through description the things you can no longer see. 

 

Installation View, wardrobe and mirror
Installation View, wardrobe and mirror

A selection of clothes that previously belonged to my grandmother displayed on a clothes rail. Each item of clothing has a small object sewn onto the label or pocket to indicate the colour of the fabric. For e.g. A yellow blouse has a small fluffy chick sewn on the label, a green t-shirt with a green plastic leaf sewn on the label, a black skirt with a plastic spider sew onto the label. Touch and memory are used by the wearer to identify the colour.

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Detail of objects sewn onto clothes
Detail of objects sewn onto clothes
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Detail of objects on clothes
Detail of objects on clothes
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Wardrobe detail
Wardrobe detail
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Wardrobe detail
Wardrobe detail
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Detail of objects on clothes
Detail of objects on clothes
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Wardrobe detail
Wardrobe detail
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Grandmothers countdown notebook
Grandmothers countdown notebook
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Carbon drawing
Carbon drawing

A group of 40 A5 carbon drawings, created from tracing the writing in a notebook I found belonging to my grandmother where she used to write down the letters and guess the conundrum from the TV programme countdown. The drawings are an example of another ability that can be lost when you loose your sight.

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