Interstices – The Disability Gaze
“Barely visible pairs of eyes cast their gaze inward, duping the viewer, causing a realization at a point of temporal recognition.
Gordon Waller’s mural of reflections affixed to the windows at the Open Gallery, serves as a metaphor for awareness and empathy. It is intended to create the feeling of being stared at as the other, making us uneasy. Waller’s intervention casts the disability gaze, back onto the viewer, creating displacement. The viewer questions what they see and experiences a sense of loss of reality, through a sensory and perceptual experience. Sound art of whispering indexing people, is an accessible accompaniment to the visual installation, enhancing the sensory experience.
Disability is socially reflective in the built environment, technology and transportation. However, the true underlying barrier is attitude and perception, and in this installation we are subject to scrutiny and rendered invisible through presence and absence.”