Being permanently blind in one eye from a young age has been difficult to communicate feelings of incompletion and limitation. The process of oil painting not only requires control in maneuvering paint with a brush, but also the willingness to release emotions through gestures and aggressive mark making. I have been working on a series of “unfinished” paintings as a way of sharing the experience of vision loss.
Drawing inspiration from the Rorschach Inkblot test, this concept communicates the connection between sight and perception. The Inkblot series demonstrates that the viewer is blind to the representation of the reference but perception of the abstraction determines the meaning and experience.