Finn Visual Art Exhibition. Now Open: Monday, June 17, 2019 to Friday, July 26, 2019 – all day. TouchBase Pears at 750 Bristol Road, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, B29 6NA.
In 2019, Finn had an artist residency at SENSE, flagship building Touch Base Pears. The residency titled, Life & Deaf led to the first exhibition of visual arts by a Deaf blind professional artist at Touch Base Pears. The project was funded by Arts Council England.
At the opening of his exhibition at Touch Base Pears, Finn commented,
“My wife has said in the past that my work should be on exhibition, but I never believed her. It is only by meeting the right the people: Dash, Deaf Explorer, Sense.
Suddenly, I felt that I had the potential to be an artist through mentoring with Artist Dean Melbourne. He saw that I had the gift of telling stories through patterns; let’s face it, I will never be a portrait artist or a landscape artist – I can’t see.
The First exhibition I had at Sense consisted of ten A3 size prints and they represented memories from analogue to digital age. Finn, “My earliest memory is my father banging the television trying to get it to work. The zig zags took me days to perfect. To create the sense of the fist bashing against the timber of the television”
The pattern “Wheels” is about my biggest loss. The love of driving. I have always been a petrol head, began with roller skates, go-karts. I customised a 1956 Ford Popular, build two kit cars. With loss of vision I feel like I am going backwards to nothing. This why the pattern going backwards and down- hill.
Finn said, “My first exhibition in January 2019 at Touch Base Pears was a massive surprise.” It described a secret life, of living with progressive sight loss in a Deaf world. Audiences Tweeted, “Loving the exhibition – such graceful, intricate images”
Helga Henry tweeted “I urge you all to see experience this aesthetically pleasing and unexpectedly moving and beautifully rendered show”
This current exhibition, my second show at TouchBase Pears is called An itch and a scream. An exploration of grief at both bereavement and sensory loss, Finn finds light and hope in his darkest moments.
Finn described the picture, “The Muse”. As the starting point for all the pictures. The motif is based on a decorative tile that his father bought on a trip to Spain, but never used. The title of another artwork is “Isolation”, accompanying the picture is Finn’s description: “I was born Deaf but I didn’t start to lose my sight until a few years ago. I was well prepared to lose my own sight. But I was not prepared for the isolation. As my sight reduced the sense of being cut off increased. I can sense people are physically near but I can’t read them emotionally, are they happy? Are they sad? What is their mood? What are they saying? What are they thinking? I have no idea!
There are an estimated 424,944 DeafBlind people.
Blind people can hear laughters
Deaf People can see sadness.
Deaf Blind people….. can’t.
In a picture titled, Depression, Finn says, ”It is in the lowest moments that you realise just how dependant you are on others.” In a picture titled Liberation, Finn celebrates, “You can be as important and earnest as the next person. And you must not let anyone define your limitations because of what your disabilities are. Your only limit is your beliefs.”
Finn says, with each picture, I tell my story of the hardships of a Deafblind person.
My next project will be a more happy project.