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Ferris Coffee Cafe: Perception

  • Ferris Coffee 40 Pearl Street Northwest Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 United States (map)

Perception is a collection of abstract works created with acrylic paint on canvas. During the process of creating and curating this exhibit I debated the definition of the word, “perception,” and how it controls my hand as a painter as well as the interpretations of the viewer.



1.  1.a. a result of perceiving: a mental image

2. 2.a. Awareness of the elements of environment through physical sensation

     2.b. physical sensation interpreted in the light of experience

3. 3.a. quick, acute, and intuitive cognition

     3.b. a capacity for comprehension


These paintings comment on my experience as an artist struggling with an eye disease that damaged my vision.  As I painted I thought about how my viewers may not be choosing the way they interpret the work, but some would physically see a different image. What experiences are guiding the sensation of seeing a painting? What awareness of the painting’s elements does one person possess compared to another? How does this change the cognitive comprehension of the work? I hope that this collection can strike conversations about what each of us sees, and how we perceive it.