Tactile - Sensory Art
Sensory - Tactile art that welcomes touch
Art is a universal medium of expression, bridging gaps across language, time and culture. Which is fine and dandy if you are can actually see the art. But what if you are vision impaired or totally blind?
Artist Linda Finstad pondered and grappled with this problem. She needed to find a way to make her art accessible to everyone she wanted her art to be inclusive. Understanding that vision impaired people “see” by touch
The golden rule of art galleries worldwide, the“Look but Do not touch the art” rule had to go.
The solution was to created heavily textured tactile art that is safe to touch. Using heavy bodied acrylic paint Linda sculpts her composition which allows the viewer to see the image through their finger tips.
To enhance this experience even more Linda taught herself Braille so she could sculpt a quote into the painting. To the sighted art collector the painting looks fabulous and the braille is subtly hidden within the colours and composition. It is only when you run your fingers over the painting that you realize there is more to this painting than meets the eye. For those who do not read braille she has written the quote on the back of the painting. Linda calls this style “Sensory art” her interactive art allows everyone to experience the same art in different -- yet equally powerful -- ways.