Kotara Studio | Abstract Art - Modern Art – Mixed Media Art
January 21, 2015
Canvas / Paper / Mylar / Braille / Installation
January is Braille Literacy Month...A sampling of my Braille art

2013, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 84 inches
Transcribed from "Nevermore" by Paul Verlaine. Through my Braille works, I am interested in
the anthropologic quality of Braille, and considering metaphorical implications to human interaction. Delving into the essence of the system, where everything is pared down into subtle dots, I think of what it is like to possess perfect vision, yet the junction of one's philosophies and ideologies creates impairment. When we can't see beyond our own ideas, we accept them as sufficient.
It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. Helen Keller
2012, half-round copper decorative nails, acrylic latex on panel, 36 x 108 inches. Collection of the Aloft Hotel/McKibbon Group, Asheville, NC
"The Travelers" is transcribed from 10 different quotes on traveling, personal journey and vision. Viewers are encouraged to interact and touch the Braille, adding their history to the art work. 
On a very basic level, Braille reminds me of early hieroglyphics.  This brings the original concept full circle – language as image.
Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. Kofi Annan
2011, hammered Braille on paper, 19.5 x 33 inches
Transcribed from "Compost - Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman.
Braille, as a cellular geometry and a system of exchanging ideas, bears a natural relationship with the grid. Within each are sets of connections, and absent these intersections, the bridge to spatial organization or thought association is altered – even interrupted.
Kotara Studio | Abstract Art - Modern Art – Mixed Media Art
Abstract Art, Modern Art
Kenn Kotara
Asheville, NC
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