Eye2Eye is a collaborative visual arts project imagined by Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings and Miranda Ellis. Awarded an Arts Council England grant, this innovative exhibition is set to explore the complex themes of deafness, deaf & hearing spaces, discrimination and ways of seeing and being. The work currently being undertaken by these two experienced artists will culminate in an immersive, thought provoking installation of new work at ONCA gallery in Brighton in June 2017.
This unique project is enabling both artists to bring their distinctive artistic disciplines and practices into play; exploring new directions for their work through collaboration. The artists' media of choice; textiles for Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings, and fused/cast glass for Miranda Ellis, will come together to present new and exciting artistic possibilities within the framework of a contemporary societal concept.
The merging of cultures, influences and media promise to deliver a reflective body of work aimed at imparting the artists' experiences to the viewer; offering a rare insight into the lived experience of another. Central to this installation is the concept of deafness and deaf space. This is a unique aspect of the collaboration, connecting Omeima, herself a deaf artist (and BSL user), and Miranda, also a professional interpreter. Simultaneously however, this project also aims to include ideas about British, European and Arabic identity, and highlight lived experience of discrimination and difference. Given the contemporary political climate, reflecting on these ideas is perhaps as important as it has ever been.