“I am attracted to braille for its visual and physical presence,” explains photographer Mary Fashbaugh. “It is a language that few learn to read unless necessary. It is frequently passed up on elevators and in public restrooms, blending in to its surface, visible only to those who seek it. It is the only language which requires direct contact with the external world. The usage of this language in my art works as a reference to material connection and the significance of bodily presence.”
In this show, Fashbaugh explores the senses in human interactions, their limitations and our expectations of them. Her portraits of people are out of focus and abstract, except for details revealed beneath glass domes spelling out the sitter’s name in braille.
Admission is free. The Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Street parking is by permit. Parking lots are located at the corner of Mountclef Boulevard and Olsen Road.
Image: Mary Fashbaugh, archival pigment print, glass domes, 40x27 inches, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.