The blind woman of Annandale

© Susan Dorothea White

The blind woman of Annandale, 1998
acrylic on panel
112 x 112 cm

This painting was inspired by the courage of a blind woman I met on her way to the local shops. The figure, from three different viewpoints, walks inside a dark-blue 'bubble' that moves with her, isolating her from the visible world around, such as the child in the background, the flowers (gum-blossom, kangaroo paws, and wattle), and the city skyline. Her derelict house is on the left side of the painting. Her hand reaches into the letterbox at her front gate for mail she cannot read. The texture of the grain of the wood panel creates a sense of the fragility of vision and the instability and uncertainty of blindness.

- Susan Dorothea White

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