I wanted to share quite a good video I came across today showing some of the symptoms of visual snow syndrome which is the neuro-ophthalmologcal condition I have. I get a lot of comments and questions about why my work is so dotty or why the circles, why the pattern etc? Hopefully this goes some way to explaining it.
Although I will say you'd need to really ramp up the colour and noise, my experience is a lot more colourful and a lot more dotty than in the video!
I also mocked up a couple of images (above) to try and show a little of how it appears when my eyes are open. Just try to imagine all those little tiny dots moving around and flashing occasionally.
I'm planning a new body of work exploring this a little more and hopeful it will raise some awareness of the condition too, many people who develop this, rather than being born with it like me, are really struggling and doctors are still trying to find a cause let alone a cure.
Thanks to Aaron Green for the lovely landscape image in my mock up pictures
Jennifer is a contemporary Australian artist based in Brisbane, Queensland. Know for her highly decorative paintings and unique paper weavings, she explores pattern and visual perception, often highlighting the beauty in the ordinary.