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Tactile PhotographyIn collaboration with Venezuelan artist Mariliana Arvelo I created this series of tactile photographic prints as part of a project about the deafblind community in Boston, called "Senses". The works are produced through a CNC laser etching process that removes the top portion of the wood. The darker the image is a any particular point, the more wood is removed by the laser at that point. The result is a photographic relief that can be touched as well as seen.
As people touch the images, the surface of the wood continues to wear, and people's experience of the work becomes part of the work itself. I think of these works "interactive art" even though there are no computers or sophisticated mechanical mechanisms.
The most fascinating part of this work for me is watching people interact with the images, and seeing the different ways that sighted, blind and deafblind people experience them.
These images are on display until July 31, 2005 at:
The Gallery at the Piano Factory
Sat-Sun 12 - 5pm and by appoinment
This work was made possible in part by a grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation.