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Portsmouth Blind Braille Artist turns tactile language into an artform in Newbury show



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Artist Clarke Reynolds turns the tactile form of braille into a visual art form.

Clarke, a Portsmouth-based artist who calls himself the Blind Braille Artist, is registered severely sight impaired and his second solo show – a stunning self-portrait in braille – opened at The Base at Greenham this week and continues until January 30.

In Decoding Braille, Decoding Me, using a colour-coded system, Clarke has created a visual guide to learn braille.

Decoding Braille, Decoding Me - Clarke Reynolds at the opening at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022
Decoding Braille, Decoding Me - Clarke Reynolds at the opening at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022

With a ‘decoder’, visitors can explore and translate the canvases on display through sight and touch.

To meet Clarke and hear him talk about his work, book in at The Base on Saturday, January 15, go to https://thebasegreenham.co.uk/event/decoding-braille-decoding-me

He said: “Words are vitally important to a visually impaired person as they describe what we see, and as Braille is a tactile language it helps people with low vision to read and communicate.

Visitors to Decoding Braille, Decoding Me by Clarke Reynolds at the Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022
Visitors to Decoding Braille, Decoding Me by Clarke Reynolds at the Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022

“The ultimate aim of my art is to highlight the importance of Braille to visually impaired people and therefore to society in general.”

Pictures by PHIL CANNINGS

See this coming Thursday's NWN for a review of the show.

Decoding Braille, Decoding Me - Clarke Reynolds at the opening at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022
Decoding Braille, Decoding Me - Clarke Reynolds at the opening at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022
Decoding Braille, Decoding Me - Clarke Reynolds at the opening at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022
Decoding Braille, Decoding Me - Clarke Reynolds at the opening at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022
Visitors to Decoding Braille, Decoding Me by Clark Reynolds at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022
Visitors to Decoding Braille, Decoding Me by Clark Reynolds at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022
Decoding Braille, Decoding Me by Clarke Reynolds Ref: 01-1022
Decoding Braille, Decoding Me by Clarke Reynolds Ref: 01-1022
Decoding Braille, Decoding Me by Clarke Reynolds Ref: 01-1022
Decoding Braille, Decoding Me by Clarke Reynolds Ref: 01-1022
Vsitors to Decoding Braille, Decoding Me by Clarke Reynolds at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022
Vsitors to Decoding Braille, Decoding Me by Clarke Reynolds at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022
Decoding Braille, Decoding Me - Clark Reynolds at the opening at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022
Decoding Braille, Decoding Me - Clark Reynolds at the opening at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022
Visitors to Decoding Braille, Decoding me by Clarke Reynolds at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022
Visitors to Decoding Braille, Decoding me by Clarke Reynolds at The Base in Greenham Ref: 01-1022


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