Gallery4 on the 1st floor: November 2017

oil painting

Double Sighted by Olivia Brouwer

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.


Gallery4 at the Central Library is located at the 1st floor of Central Library. Thousands of people a month pass through this lobby, which makes it an excellent downtown location to view local artists.

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