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Process diary

Dora Wednesday

Penrith High School

Artwork title
A stitch over time sends you blind
HSC year
Expressive form
Textiles and fibre
Artist’s statement

Stepping into the Out of sight exhibition that catered for visually impaired people, my first thought was: 'How would we explain sight to someone who has always been blind?’ Ironically, I explored this question through my art-making using textured paper, calligraphy pens and textiles. I researched the notion of sight, conducted an interview with Barbara Bonfield, a visually impaired woman, and further explored these experiences through digital media and sewing. The manipulation of an original work became the manipulation of perception: the boundary of visual acuity is challenged by the sense of touch when using thread and fabric.

Collection connections

Through multi-panel, mixed media installations, Simryn Gill comments on the experience of a personal and public place in society, both past and present. Examine similarities in Dora Wednesday’s art-making, both in conceptual and material practice. Discuss how both artists respond to subjective and cultural experience through what can and cannot be seen, using text as image and image as text.