Edges & Textures
Have you ever considered what you would miss if you lost your sight?
As an artist, the idea of not being able to see paintings, and the beauty around me in general, brings me deep sadness. This sadness created a desire inside of me to somehow include the unsighted with viewing my artwork.
Â But what if the un-sighted might be able to imagine the scale of a tree or a mountain through touch?
It was this question that inspired me to create paintings withÂ textures Â that might in some way provide a shape or feeling to things. For many years I pondered the possibilities as I created art and earnedÂ a living as an artist.Â Â I experimented with different ideas along the way. Then, in May 2014, I tried a new technique whichÂ finally provided the answer.Â I was so excited that I finally came up with something that I feel, in some small way will make a difference for thoseÂ who canâ€™t see as we do.
But how to reach out to those who cannot see?
I make a tiny living selling my artwork but I didn’t want to sell these paintings to the unsighted, I wanted to gift them somehow. So I went to my local CNIB office in Barrie, Ontario and told them my idea and they had a great plan to hang my paintings in their locations so the unsighted may touch my paintings when ever they visit. My long term plan is to create one painting for each CNIB location across Canada well over 50 locations.Â Â I have already created works in this technique and some now proudly hang where adults and children who have lost their ability to see can experience art through their fingertips. Â I know that there are many more people in this country that need thisÂ opportunity. Since there are over 50 locations across Canada, I estimate it will take me over 20 years to install a painting in each location at my current pace and yet I am unwavering in my plan to do so.Â
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I have been painting my whole life, and have been expressing myself visually to others for years. It is how I speak to the world. Over a decadeÂ ago inspiration struck and I startedÂ to create textures in my paintings for peopleÂ to touch. My hopeÂ is others willÂ enjoy the different textures on their fingertips or to imagine the scale of a tree, a mountain or the perspective in our environment. Â So I felt the blind might directly benefit from my work and I have shared many of my paintings with patrons of the CNIB.
â€œI keep imagining all the hands that will touch my paintings and how theyÂ will create a patinaÂ on them and make them even more beautiful.â€
– Kate RamosÂ