From the 18th – 20th November, Portsmouth is host to the We Shine Festival which sees local and national artists take to the streets for 3 nights of art and light installations across the city.
At the Eldon Building in Southsea, Clarke Reynolds – The Blind Braille Artist will be exhibiting his work titled TO SEE STARS which enables sighted and blind people to have a shared experience through braille and light and sound.
This is an artwork inspired by a longing to see the night sky and is a fully immersive experience of sight, touch, light, and sound. Satellite technologies will also play their part in this exhibition as there will be a satellite-enabled app available to guild you around the work.
Clarke Reyolds Biography
Art is my life and as a child there was no other career for me. It started when I saw the painting ‘the yellow cow’ by the artist Franz Marc it opened up my imagination of what art can be.
I was born with limited sight in my right eye but that never stopped me doing what I love, being creative. Unfortunately, due to kidney problems I had to leave school early however I fought back and studied art at a higher level gaining a BA honour’s degree in model making.
I was a dental model maker I loved my job and creating art in my spare time then the worst thing that could happen for a visual person I started to lose my sight in my other eye. I had to give up my job and was left in limbo but I didn’t stop there.
I still had my passion for art but found it hard to engage with the materials and I wanted my art to be experienced by everyone no matter their visual impairment so my art is fully accessible through sound and touch
As my sight decreases, one thing has always stayed the same. The use of dots in my work, as I’ve always been a fan of pointillism, and I see through a thousand dots. Now the dots mean something, as I’ve explored braille.
I try to push the boundaries of what Braille was intended for, to bring life, through Braille, to visual impairment through my artistic language.