During the Covid pandemic of 2020, I created a series of paintings with an idea of exploring the possibilities of working with oilsticks, and further blind drawing. ...
Attempting to create a sense of movement and transformation, as in music.
I’ve been painting for over 20 years. At some point I began to think about my eyes – one of the painter’s primary tools – about how they actually work (completely fascinating!), and about how very focussed my culture is on sight as the primary means of gaining information about almost everything we encounter.
I’d read a number of first-person current and historical accounts of blind and/or deaf people, which always touched on the heightening of other senses in absence of one (or more), and found myself wondering: what might happen if I closed my eyes during a part of the painting process?
Thus began my current practice of composing blind. With eyes closed, I allow my body to compose patterns of line and shape on the canvas or other surface, using drawing or painting tools. I add colour to the forms with eyes open, but no part of the composition is altered or changed unless it is with my eyes closed.