“I’ve had the experience of losing my sight,” Tom Condon said as he removed his new pieces from a flat-file and began to arrange them on the worktable, “I’m intrigued by visual art that can make people consider sight.”
Tom suffered from impaired vision and temporary blindness when he was in his early teens. An onset of Idiopathic Pseudotumor Cerebri, caused by an excess of spinal fluid, meant that he would spend the latter half of his childhood in and out of military hospitals. Doctors conducted detailed scans, painstakingly mapping out his changing fields of vision. The years of medical examination, and his subsequent treatment, made an indelible impression on the young artist. After two decades, he would return to that trying period in his life as the basis of a new experimental series.
Condon’s current body of work blends his interests in painting and photography with his own personal history. At the heart of his series is an intriguing irony, making a visual experience out of Braille. “I love the symbology of language.” Tom continued, “Most languages are visually rich apart from their content.”