Give the Gift of Sight; how seeing the world through new eyes has changed me.
I have spent my artistic career quietly conveying the message of vision loss through the aesthetic of my work. Since 2012 I have been on the journey of living with sight again. I was born with a disease called Stargardts, a juvenile form of Macular Degeneration. I have always kept my experiences as an artist and my life as someone living with Vision Loss separate or in slight references to one another. I am now going to openly merge the two worlds in the hope that it will help breakdown barriers and create a platform for Public Awareness.
I use a technology that allows me to see again and it has dramatically changed my life. I never imagined that the world relied on vision the way I am now experiencing it. I was legally blind since I was a child and there is an entire world of visual human existence I completely do not understand. As I am learning,I have realized, that no one should have to spend their life in this disconnect if they do not have to. So I am now committed to helping the legally blind community obtain this technology. For every child diagnosed with an eye disease I will donate a portion of the proceeds of my art to children to obtain eSight eyewear. It is so important for a child to be apart of the visual world when learning to communicate. I grew up thinking my mother hated me because I could not see the love in her eyes. I never want any child to have that experience.
eSight is not funded currently by the government but it is available in Canada. I will personally connect anyone interested in helping or needing information for themselves or a loved one to obtain the eyewear.
This is a new beginning for me and I would like to thank you for visiting my website. I hope by sharing my real life stories through my art will help change the lives of others. Everyone deserves to know that they are not alone on the path to change. When I attended the school for the Blind they had a motto: "The Impossible is Only the Untried." I would like to add to that by stating "Fear is only the Unknown."
The Stragardt Pendant is Back!
The pendant was designed to show what Stargardts, the juvenile form of Macular Degeneration Looks like for me. I have seen this spot in front of my eyes my entire life and by making it into a tangible object, I am hoping I can help others understand how I see. The actual blind spot I see is completely opaque but I have included areas or holes in the pendant to see through. These represent the beginning of my ability to see the world with vision. When you hold the pendant right up to your eye it replicates how I see. Proceeds from the pendant go towards purchasing a pair of eSight eyewear for someone who is waiting on my fundraising list. I also support the Foundation Fightng Blindness with every sale to go towards helping vision loss research. Without the Foundation Fighting Blindeness, I would have never known about the eSight eyewear . They are the community that supports and truly cares about the Low Viison Community.
Yvonne Felix is a Public and Community Artist. Her works express both the physical and meta physical experiences of a non visible disability. The 3D works range from large scale outdoor permanent installations to sensory indoor environments.
All works focus not on the object themselves but the environment and the engagement that occurs in their presence. "It is not what you see in the work that is important, it is what happens around it."
Felix bases her work and the ecstatic on function and process. Collaboration and community input is a key to her ability to successfully advocate and create works that clearly represent the audience. Connection to a work can only be achieved through empathy.
"When a viewer looks at my work, I want them to see themselves." Yvonne
This site is supported by The Ontario Arts Council