Detail of Installation view of Legally Blind, show as part of Diana Nicholette Jeon, Altered Visions, July-September 2018, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI

Detail of Installation view of Legally Blind, show as part of Diana Nicholette Jeon, Altered Visions, July-September 2018, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI

STATEMENT

As a visual artist, I am dependent on sight for all of my work. However, beginning when I was 18 years old, and worsening as she aged, my mother was legally blind. According to her descriptions, she could see shapes and bright colors, but nothing more. In legally blind, I modified my camera to make it less I tried to use the camera to visualize what my mother might have seen when she looked at the Hawaii shoreline.

When I began this project, during the summer of 2013, my mother was alive. In the spring of 2014, she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and passed five weeks later. I never got to show her this project, so I will never know if this was her personal experience or not. However, when eight images from this body of work were shown at my solo exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art during 2018, many people from the community informed that this was their personal experience of being legally blind, and they were also grateful for my drawing awareness to the disability. That meant a great deal to me.

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