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Braille Constellation: Seeing in the Dark

Kirsten Rian


1000 SW Naito Pkwy


February 6 - 8


6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

640 LED puck lights are placed a Braille pattern (each light is a Braille dot) to spell out a quote about celestial navigation and seeing in the dark, literally and metaphorically, from French World War II pilot and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Meaning is in our interpretation, which is informed by our abilities, access to our five senses, our prejudices, our hopes. How do we ‘see’ what’s there when we can’t rely on our first impulse or the buffer of familiarity. How do we interpret our world when things are dark or lost, how do we find light and understanding.  Stars could be words; words could be stars; sky could be earth; you could be me.

Kirsten Rian is an installation and light artist, painter, and writer and has been active in the national arts community for 25 years. She has been awarded numerous artist fellowships and grants.

Photo: Kirsten Rian

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