These objects are based on a poem by Elly de Waard.
(sorry dutch only)
die gewoonte hadden
als wilde paarden voor zich uit te stuiven
altijd tot de sprong bereid
behoefden nu een span
en kluisterden mijn zicht
hun sterfelijkheid leek
als een watermerk tegen het licht
mijn zien binnen gelopen.
We are confronted with thousands of images on a daily basis.
There is never enough time to let them truly sink in.
We look, but do we see?
In the poem, wearing visual assistance is experienced as a restriction.
The poet compares her unrestrained eyes to wild horses.
This inspired me to create ‘blinders’ for people.
I experienced that my seeing improved by wearing this device.
If you get better at looking, you will learn to see - and only when you learn to see, you will be able to experience true beauty.
My Visual Protheses are aids for learning to see.
Check the review of our exhibition at Metropolis M (Dutch only)
Photographer: Kim Nuijen
She took the prostheses out on the street and asked random people to try them out.
«I think this is how a Chinese sees.»
«It’s like I'm an soldier, looking outside from a tank.»
«I think this is good for my back. I walk up straight.» *
*[Quotes from people wearing the prosthesis with horizontal slit. People from quotes are not on the pictures.]