With this SURF-CBR project I desire to impact the campus and community with a new revelation of art. Therefore, I am spending eight weeks split between London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland where I will delve into what art looks like for those who cannot see art. Through interviews with galleries, curators, and artists that have worked within this vein of art for instance, the UK "Sound and Touch" program, the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern, which have both implemented Touch Tours of their sculptural works, I will aquire information to construct and curate an exhibition of art for the visually impaired.
Through these programs I desire to understand the different sensory aspects that art possesses and to use those aspects to benefit the only audience that cannot appreciate art visibly. I will research texture and design elements that contribute to the knowledgeable creation of tangible art, as well as, incorporating the opinions of those with visual impairments in Chapel Hill, in order to create art that has a specific direction. In researching this information, I intend to develop the technical skill to successfully implement this research into my own work dedicated to tactility and tangibility at University of North Carolina during the following year .
This project relates to the growing need for arts involvement, especially, in disability fields. I hope to better the conditions of art presentation for the visually impaired, to create awareness of an issue that the average art viewer does not consider and to promote change for the structures and emphasis of many galleries and artists.