Artist Interview: Sophia Reeson

Watch Sophia's Ones to Watch artist video interview!

May 14th, 2020

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Sophia has created a video playlist all about her work in Ones to Watch. Watch below!

Her work in Ones to Watch, Art Is Never Blind, is a collection of designed woven fabrics. She was inspired to create interactive artwork, after developing a frustration with modern gallery exhibitions, where most artwork on display is unable to be experienced with anything but the eyes. This led her to consider who else’s lives this fact would impact; those who are visually impaired or blind. She began to research this problem and consider ways how she, as a sighted individual and artistcould develop artwork that might begin to provide a solution to the problem that the visual arts is largely inaccessible to people who are visually impaired or blind.  

Whilst conducting this research, the artist began creating work designed with this aim in mind. Beginning with mixed media drawing, and exploring how a traditionally two dimensional and purely visual media could be made more accessible. Using paint, structural mediums, everyday materials and three dimensional paper forms to create tactile collages. Experiments with laser cut MDF began to incorporate a third sense, smell. The senses became a focal point for this project, and the artist considered how the traditionally tactile medium of textiles could be used in conjunction with other senses to create an interactive installation.

Find out more about Sophia’s work here.

Read about the Ones to Watch exhibition here.

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