Please Touch! My home school days are done, but the learning continues. Last Fall I taught myself to read and write in Braille. The inventor, a 14-year-old French boy named Louis Braille, experimented with sharp objects like knitting needles to write the dots. A kid's book in Braille influenced my series of Braille sculptures "Please Touch!" At the beginning of the kid's book there is a legend where each color is assigned to a different texture: smooth plastic represents white and black is very bumpy. These textures are used in the raised pictures to describe the colors. For "Tactile Color" I wanted to make a sculptural representation of this texture legend and at the same time introduce the impressive nature of the finger sensitivity of the blind. Running with Louis Braille's resourcefulness, I experimented with knitting clothes line and made needles from ¾" wooden dowels. Two of the installations, "Nothing is Really White" and "Color Flashcards," pair materials to colors. The Braille says the name of the color that the object represents, like under the bowling pin it says "red," and below the teacup it reads “fuchsia.”
Biography: Elizabeth looks for seemingly dissimilar subjects, like Braille and knitting, and teaches the link between the two with her sculptures. She addresses serious issues in a children’s book style with small words, humor, and color; that way the topic is approachable. She creates with kids’ art supplies, clay and reused materials using traditional techniques in unconventional ways. In December, she will receive a BFA in Sculpture from the Academy of Art University.
Country: United States
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