Abstract Modern aesthetics regards sight and hearing as the only senses which were able to produce art. Touch, smell and taste might offer pleasant stimuli, but can never achieve the status of art objects. What are the arguments for this rejection, and are they still sustainable? This paper focuses on the general and specific […]Read more "Reflection on Aesthetics and Tactile Touch, Smell and Taste and my Artworks"
Introduction A quick introduction for everyone, I am Justine Raith, a mature and visually impaired BA (Hons) Fine Art Student and an Ambassador for “Galloway’s Society for the Blind”, a winning artist in the RWS Contemporary Landscape Artist Competition, 2017, Wild Card in Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 and 2017, Winner […]Read more "My final year proposal"
Dear Wild Card Artist, Thank you for applying to be a Wild Card for the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 competition. Congratulations – we’d love to invite you to take part! There are several things I need to discuss and check with you before your place as a Wild Card is […]Read more "Wild Card for the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 competition."
I couldn’t make sense of the words of a visiting lecturer yesterday; who taking a critical glance at my tactile works asked “what’s smell got to do with tactile art ?” I suppose as a registered blind person I forgot to consider “normalisation”, but for a blind person, or someone with sight-loss, I would argue […]Read more "Why is our sense of smell such a vital part of our lives – and how has it influenced science, art, culture and history?"
The Blind Man And The Elephant Poem by John Godfrey Saxe: It was six men of Indostan, to learning much inclined,who went to see the elephant (Though all of them were blind), that each by observation, might satisfy his mind. The first approached the elephant, and, happening to fall, against his broad and sturdy side, […]Read more "MY OWN RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHS AND THE BLIND MAN AND THE ELEPHANT."
The Author This thesis is compiled by Roger William Livesey, a social scientist. Credits The thesis owes gratitude to “Galloways Society for the Blind” and a service user (I shall call X), now an Ambassador for “Galloways Society for the Blind” and an established national and international artist with a large following and client base. Ethics […]Read more "An Interview with Justine Raith about: “Eye Can” – An evaluation of what is available and required to enable the blind to live independent lives."
Beyond the line of sight My fingers are my eyes, my hands are my ears, I create a sense of space with my mind. I depend on the memories of what I do, not on the memories of what I see. Everyone has their language expressing things in their own unique way. I remember a […]Read more "A Personal Reflection and Pictures of Great Inspirational Tactile Art Works From Around the Globe"