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Art meets Science: Scientist turned artist to showcase artwork at Waldorf College

Waldorf College

Forest City, Iowa – Inspired by complexities of vision, language and perception, Dr. Irene Abraham will showcase her artwork, Seeing is Believing, at Waldorf College Art Gallery from February 10 – March 22.

Based in San Diego, Calif., Dr. Abraham worked as a research biologist for several years. She studied cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, before returning to school to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts from Vermont College.

Working on Mylar, Dr. Abraham’s images are created through a combination of drawing and painting loosely based on Braille, the dot-based alphabet system developed for the visually impaired. “Viewing messages in a code that will not be easily grasped has a way of destabilizing the whole idea of language, and our ability to understand it by writing,” she said. “I am excited to show my artwork for the first time at Waldorf College.”

Much of her interest in Braille stems from her experiences with her mother, whose macular degeneration has caused an acute change in her vision. “This artwork is a response to thinking about the act of seeing,” Dr. Abraham said.

“This is a good opportunity for the Forest City community to see an artist’s work, which has been nationally exhibited,” said Kristi Carlson, associate professor of art and director of the gallery. “Without art life can get boring.”

An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Dr. Abraham will speak about her work at 7:30 p.m. The art gallery is open to the public at no cost.