I'd like to introduce you to Ruth Bieber, a blind artist who is playing here to create a body of work to be shown initially at the Tilted Brick Gallery here in Creston and then through the Kootenays with the assistance of a grant from the CKCA. Ruth will be working with Marnie Temple, Lisa Benschop and myself to both create artwork, and provide interpretative tours as well as workshops for sighted and blind.
The process for a blind artist is radically different than for the sighted. Ruth uses her hands to feel the canvas as well as to apply gesso, paints and mediums.
The tactility is a necessity for her to 'see' what is on the canvas, and her ability to feel a minuscule raising up of a stencil addition or a 'wave' in the gesso background is phenomenal.
As we work to increase her skill levels with new techniques, there are a lot of practice sessions before testing them on a canvas. We were really pumped with this addition to one of her pieces - look at the glow of the red shining out of that Art-Foamie-stamped-flower!
While we were waiting for the confirmation of a successful grant application, I turned my studio into a re-gessoing factory for pieces that Ruth had created in a different space. There are canvasses everywhere in various stages of readiness.
And now with several Covid-safe playdates, we have a range of in-the-work pieces that await their chance for more time on the patio.