Artist Amy Bartell sees the world with double-vision and cast in shadows, the effects of a visual disorder called convergence insufficiency.
Thick prisms and strong lenses provide some correction and, for near vision, a small area of focus. But the prisms that help Bartell see are making her eyes weaker and her window of focus more narrow.
A selection of her photographs will be displayed at Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Hopewell, in an exhibit based on her condition, “A Measure of Correction: Photographs by Amy Bartell.”
The exhibit opens in the Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 on Feb. 28 with a talk by Bartell at 2 p.m., followed by a reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The opening events are free on the first floor of the main campus.
Bartell, of Syracuse, said the exhibit “deals with the idea of perspective and scale, and also the way that vision impacts our ability to discern detail and to appreciate the landscape and textures that we live among.”
It is about “not taking for granted what is right in front of us, literally and metaphorically,” she added, and also “taking the time to appreciate and discern the up-close and detailed world.”
Bartell teaches graphic design and illustration, and serves as the coordinator for community art exhibitions at her alma mater, SUNY Oswego. One of her former students is Lacey McKinney, assistant professor of art at FLCC.