Barbara Pritchard

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Art for the Visually Impaired

I resolved to produce a body of work that would at least be partly available to touch

While installing my last exhibition, Burnt Offerings, at Gallery 294 a visually impaired customer came in and I suggested to her that she touch the unframed artwork in that exhibition.

I found her experience very moving and resolved to produce a body of work that would at least be partly available to touch.

I wanted to provide an experience that is often overlooked in traditional art exhibitions.

Artwork may have the ability to connect with individuals on an emotional and personal level, and may provide a sense of comfort, inspiration, or hope.

Additionally, art can provide a sense of community and belonging, as well as a way to connect with others through shared experiences.

Creating accessible art is not just about making art that can be touched or experienced through other senses, but also about creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all visitors.

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