What is Visual Snow?
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
29/11/2022 06:48:40 am
For the longest time, I never knew how to describe this. When I was very little, I believe I was briefly given very low strength glasses, as there was a perception that I had some sort of issue with my eyesight.
23/2/2023 02:01:30 am
I just wanted to say, you inspired me a lot ever since I learnt that I had Visual Snow. I made a big project for my school about it and you really helped me during my journey.
17/4/2023 06:33:05 am
I really appreciate your representations of your experience! I didn't know what this was called or how to look it up. When I explained to my partner that I see everything slightly static-like or like I can see the pixels, he was very confused and couldn't understand what I meant. Once my eye doctor told me it's called visual snow and I looked up pictures, all of them on the medical websites were way too snowy to be accurate for me. Like, I can see things clearly, my eyesight is great, but there's just small static in everything. But finding your art here, particularly the bottom comparison with only one tree in front of the mountain, I could show this to my partner and my mom and say, "This is it! This is what it looks like!" Thank you for sharing your experience and making it easier for the rest of us to share ours, too!
17/4/2023 07:56:50 am
You're welcome Addison, glad it helped!
26/4/2023 12:19:15 pm
Thank you so much! I experience this too. It is most noticeable when looking at something plain like a wall. I see billions of little pixels some are white and some are black. I guess some are blue and orange and yellow and red and green and purple and pink too. It doesn’t really bother me most of the time because mine isn’t as snowy as many of the online examples, but I feel the same way about the second image as other people in the comments, as it represents what it looks like for me. I just found this out because I talked to an eye doctor. Then I watched the linked video and holy heck that is what I see at night! I just thought it was normal to see that because I’ve experienced it my whole life!
Your comment will be posted after it is approved.
Leave a Reply.
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.
Search the site