Janet Tucker isn’t completely blind, but what little she does see is blurry.
On the bottom floor of the Blind Community Center of San Diego on the outskirts of Balboa Park, Tucker and about a half dozen other people with impaired vision have been working with local contemporary artists Aren Skalman, Francisco Eme and Margaret Noble to create art for an exhibition opening Saturday at the San Diego Art Institute Project Space at Horton Plaza.
“I had to mostly just feel the textures as I was making my piece,” Tucker said during a workshop a few months ago.
The lizard sculpture Tucker created is also a musical instrument. All the sculptures in the show produce sound and are made of materials with different textures – including beans, sandpaper and clay.
The goal, said Skalman, was to provide participants with contemporary art training while also making work people can explore through senses other than sight.
“It’s a way for people to experience the art and approach it in a way that a blind person might,” he said. “So they’ll be feeling and hearing the work.”