Presenting a unique and brand new Victoria Claire exhibition. A collection of six sculpted pieces in the theme of the senses. This is an opportunity to have an experience unlike any other visual arts exhibit. Set in an extremely unusual environment to evoke the senses and have a truly extraordinary experience.
Over the last two years I have been working on self development, learning how to embrace and accept my personal experience of life as a visually impaired person losing my sight. This has opened me up to many challenges, both physically and mentally.
More recently I have faced my worst fear and conquered my restrictions. Using a white cane has always been my nemesis, since the age of 19 when first diagnosed with the condition Retinitis Pigmentosa, I have never accepted this. For me, the self development work has helped me to reach a point of acceptance that I needed to be trained to use a long cane, this was the first step. For 3 months I was trained by Guide Dogs For The Blind. My very patient and supportive trainer worked on skills and techniques for using the cane. After many miles of walking routes and cold night time sessions, I finally passed my training. This has given a wonderful sense of freedom and independence. I now no longer fear the dark, in fact I prefer it, as I’ve found a beautiful sense of calm, trust and peace.
This has since inspired me to do much more in the dark, as at night I am completely blind. I have gained a sense of trust and I now run in the dark on my treadmill, as a musician I enjoy writing music on my piano with the lights switched off too.
A profound realisation, and perhaps the epiphany of my life so far, has been the very thing I’ve been afraid of, blindness, is the very thing that connects me to my true spirit, I believe creativity is at its strongest when we are able to truly feel our experiences.
Blind – a sixth sense, has been inspired by my experience. Perhaps this is the first time sculpture has been exhibited in this way, in darkness.
It consists of six sculptures, the theme of each piece represents the five senses, sight, sound, smell, taste and touch, the sixth piece represents my experience of a sixth sense, this for me relates to acceptance, trust and a connection to my spirit.
Exhibition date: 6th – 18th February 2018
Gallery – Beach Creative, Beach St, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 5PT www.beachcreative.org
Artists contact details
Tel: 07543 634256