"The winter solstice, for me, is a milestone each year. I have retinitis pigmentosa, which is sometimes called night blindness or tunnel vision. It has recently made me legally blind and is progressing toward total blindness. As of this writing, it is incurable. The solstice is the darkest day of the year in the hardest part of the year for me, but it gives me a spark of hope because it is the darkest it can get in the Pacific Northwest where I live. This milestone gives me the inspiration I need to get through the rest of the dark season and toward the lighter season which eases my mobility and my mood. So, when I made this piece, I sensed in it the blue sparkle of a winter sky with the heat of a suggestion of fire. To me, the image is a bit of warm hope in the darkness that comforts and lifts all of us, I like to think. This piece is done in alcohol ink on polypropylene."
- Anne Dove
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“Creating this way is how I know myself, how I make sense of the world, and how I communicate with people at a deep and satisfying level. I make art to connect inwardly with myself and to connect outwardly with the world around me.”
Anne Dove lives with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a degenerative eye disease that ultimately causes complete blindness. She began making art full-time once she became legally blind, as a tool to connect with herself and others. Similar to her previous mode of creation as a writer, creating art is a cleansing meditation that leaves her tired but refreshed and renewed.
Anne was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent her early years in Tokyo, Japan. In Tokyo, she developed an appreciation for the wabi-sabi principles of fukinsei (asymmetry) and shizen (without pretense), and the principle of shibumi (simple, subtle and unobtrusive beauty). Her art also contains western influences, such as Surrealism, Modernism, and Modern Expressionism. Additionally, Anne is influenced by poetry, nature, science, psychology, and even her own dreams.
Anne enjoys the unpredictable nature of alcohol inks and monoprinting. She also creates collages because of their surreal and symbolic nature, and the process of finding meaning in what may initially appear senseless or absurd. To Anne, art communicates feelings and ideas in a way that words cannot. It’s a silent, powerful emotional connection she enjoys sharing with others.
“I’d like my work as an artist who is legally blind to speak for itself, and if I can inspire others who are dealing with limitations or hardship to continue to reach for and pursue the things that make their lives meaningful and useful, then I’m honored to do so.”
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