Out of Body by Olivia Brouwer
Out of Body: Art is often a domain that is inaccessible to the visually impaired. As a result, this community can feel marginalized and forgotten about. Too often we rely solely on the viewer’s sense of sight to create meaning from artwork. As a partially blind artist, I am interested in exploring ways to make art accessible to those who have visual impairments while also bridging the accessibility gap and including sighted viewers.
ARTIST: Olivia Brouwer is a partially blind, emerging artist based in Cambridge, Ontario. In 2016, she graduated from the Art and Art History joint program, specializing in painting and printmaking, at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. During her undergrad, she became interested in discussing blindness as a way of perceiving and making meaning using abstraction from nature to communicate this idea, similar to the Rorschach Inkblot Test. Her current work is still based on these early studies, and is now inclusive and accessible to blind audiences through activating the senses of touch and sound.