RABIH   DOW
                   Paintings on Glass

                  

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Statement

About  the   Artist

Remarks - Reviews

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Images

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stepping off dawn possibilities will well
expectations face to face state of mind loss of anonymity more possibilities
lost adrift onset perspective fear
laurie shock2 rehab1 rehab2 laurie too
anger memories understanding the rest mother's day
auguri trails across the course
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    Statement
    Painting on glass evolved from being an integral part of an art concept I developed in 1990s to becoming my preferred art medium. Although I lost my eye-sight completely in 1982, my visual memory remains vivid. Ironically, it is the conceptual themes I struggle with painting more so than the landscapes both remembered and imagined.

    Early on, what drew me to art was how to visually communicate what I "see"/experience as a person who is blind. I have worked in rehabilitation for newly blinded adults for over twenty years and been privileged to observe many men and women trying to comprehend and learn to cope with traumatic losses including blindness. Along with the natural wonder that surrounds us, this personal and professional exploration has influenced my perception and expression in art.

    Increasingly, perspective and color have become central subjects of my work, and other dimensions of personal experiences are a growing part of my paintings. I see art more and more as an ongoing conversation about thoughts and emotions.

    A print of Magritte's "Ceci N'est Pas Un Pipe" hangs on the wall in my office. Ultimately, even a "pipe" is about a perception of a thought. Although thoughts transcend the five senses, capturing them through visual art is an exciting challenge hard to resist.







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    About the Artist
    Rabih Dow was born in the small town of Zaroune nestled in the hills of Mount Lebanon. He lost his 15-year-old brother, his eye-sight and left hand at age sixteen in an explosion. The search for medical treatment sent him to Europe and later to the United States where he has resided since then. He attended Perkins School for the Blind and Watertown High school and is a graduate of Boston College in Massachusetts. For the last twenty+ years he had worked as a Rehab Teacher for the blind, Fencing Coach, Rehabilitation Services Director, and Director of International Training for professionals in the field of Vision Rehab. He currently resides in the north-east state of Maine in the United States where he works as the Program Services Director at The Iris Network.
















    Remarks and Reviews
    Read an interview on Diane Atwood's blog Catching Health: Seeing Color and Perspective through the Eyes of a Blind Man.


    Remarks

    "You say that art is an ongoing conversation about thoughts and emotions. I have had a lot of conversations in my life and work, and I would count your 'conversations' among the most lively and meaningful. I like the risks that you take and the way that you challenge the viewer."

    "My friend Stepan told me about you and sent me a link. I can't understand how do you do that, but continue - it's amazing."

    "Are the landscapes memories? Are they open spaces, an enlarged world? Are they inner experiences of beauty? I happen to like art that leaves me with more questions than answers."

    "Your visual art speaks about your life journey in a way that exceeds the capacity of words."

    "Those images made a powerful impression on me and, as art sometimes does, changed the way I perceive the world."

    "Your emotional landscapes lift the imposed boundaries of sight. Bravo."

    "I truly enjoyed looking at your website and the highly emotional expression. I am intrigued, and perhaps I will see the original at some point, as even the best photos leave out the impact. Certainly, I can not look at your work and not think about 'possibilities.'"

    "The titles are profound and intriguing. Fear, anger, understanding, will, loss - none of these are visual experiences for anyone. Yet the paintings convey palpable, shockingly vivid emotions that invite a response."

    "I am particularly drawn to how you captured motion in 'Stepping Off.'"

    "I find the conceptual themes accessible. Many of the themes are very open, very raw in a way that draws me as the viewer to explore and imagine the world of blindness. I feel fright and a closed in sense of being, almost as if the outer world vanished in the pieces that only depict the eye. When viewed in a series however, it carries hope as there are shifts in the extent that the eye is closed in."

    "I truly enjoyed looking at your website and the highly emotional expression."


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