Stories of Artists Fighting Vision Loss to Do Better

By damolat, Lagos Nigeria.

There is no cure for age-related macular degeneration but that hasn’t stopped artists from painting and making sculptures. Georgia O’Keeffe was driving in her hometown New Mexico in 1964 when a cloud appeared in her eye balls. She found out eight years later that she was suffering from age-related macular degeneration, a disorder that damages the macula leading to central vision blindness.

While you might love playing your favorite games on Betway Nigeria, taking a look at these artists’ work and their dedication to their work is surely going to blow you away.

A Look at the Statistics

More than 30 percent people over the age of 75 years suffer from macular degeneration, while those above 60 years are at high risk. Losing vision is not only a fundamental loss for artists but also a loss of self expression. Different people go through different experiences after being diagnosed with macular degeneration including contrast sensitivity and loss of color vision, which makes it difficult to pay attention to details. When French artist Edgar Degas suffered from age-related macular degeneration, he started using more clay and pastels in his work.

According to University of Cincinnati, artists continue to demonstrate their style even after partial vision loss. The Philip M Meyers, Jr Memorial Gallery has a showcase of 50 paintings, drawings, and sculptures of eight contemporary artists before and after they suffered from the degenerative disorder. Some of the artists displayed at the gallery are Serge Hollerbach, Lennart Anderson, David Levine, and Hedda Sterne. The gallery is the first one to examine works before and after loss of vision.

Curators Brian Schumacher and A’Dora Phillips initiated the program through e Vision and Art Project and also has a running list of artists from around the world who are diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration. The two curators also interview affected artists and whenever possible, also talk about their personal experiences. Phillips said that their project wants the public to understand age-related macular degeneration and how it affects. Their art is passion to them and they continue to pursue it despite the vision loss, so the project makes it their responsibility to make resources available to them.

Personal experiences of artists

Hedda Sterne found out at the age of 83 years that was suffering from age-related macular degeneration. She lost her ability to see colors five years later but still continued making monochromatic sketches using oil pastel, Wite Out, and graphite. Despite her loss, her post macular degenerative state displayed faint smudgings and delicate lines that display her form of absolute awareness.

William Thon, a landscape painter, lost his color vision in 1991, but continued making paintings using black and white ink and used his fingers to draw shapes creating dramatic stains and strokes, that he had been drawing for years. When you closely observe his paintings, you can see faint fingertips on the drawing. Most of these artists were seen using their memory while drawing.

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