To See, or not to See

To See, or not to See

Visual artist features at Watts Contemporary Gallery

Monica Takvam is an award winning visual artist/photographer based in London, who currently lectures at University of the Arts London, London College of Communication and Canterbury Christ Church University. Her work is often concerned with how we see, and she uses photography and sound to explore the language of images, sight, perception and blindness and describes PERSPEX® acrylic as having been “an integral part” of her artwork for years.

From 29 September – 08 October 2017, Monica was the Artist-in-Residence at Watts Gallery, in Surrey UK. The exhibition Fieldwork and Other Landscape Stories examined the landscape which consists of large scale photographs that examine the hidden, what we see and what we want to see, through landscape photography and descriptions by blind, visually impaired and sighted people. Their words have been transcribed in Braille on a translucent layer of PERSPEX® Frost acrylic in front of the image, but as laser cut holes rather than the usual raised dots, providing fragmented views into the photographed nature. The actual words are unrecognizable for many viewers who cannot read Braille. Accompanying audio descriptions are soundscapes and interpretations of the photographs, providing an alternative image of the space that we cannot merely see with our eyes.

Monica selected PERSPEX® Frost Crystal Clear with 85% light transmission which provides the ideal transparency to see just enough of the photograph to create the desired effect.

All individual works by Monica are available to buy with 20% of proceeds going to the charity The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. To inquire about purchasing or commissioning Monica, please contact

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