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Artist

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UC Berkeley
1995 University Ave. Suite 110
Berkeley, California 94704
United States

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  • MFA
    Indiana University
  • architectural history
    Royal Academy of Art
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Alice Wingwall, Artist, ...
www.blindatthemuseum.com, 25 Dec 2010 [cached]
Alice Wingwall, Artist, Berkeley
Alice Wingwall is an artist who works in a wide range of media, including photography, sculpture, and film.
Berkeley: Blind photographer's vision extends beyond her eyes
www.sfgate.com, 18 Feb 2005 [cached]
"Most people think it's not possible, but the rest of us are out here slogging away," said Wingwall, whose ability to perceive light all but vanished about four years ago from retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary disease she has had since she was a young woman.
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Opening Feb. 17, a companion show at the Townsend focuses on Wingwall's photography.
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Wingwall, who is married to architect and UC Berkeley architecture professor Donlyn Lyndon and has three children and three grandchildren, has advantages that many blind artists lack.She had been a respected conceptual artist long before her eyesight failed.Her disability developed slowly, enabling her to adjust.Perhaps most important, her visual memory is rich from a lifetime of working and traveling.
She can't make out edges now unless the light is very bright, but memory keeps her encounters with sculpture and architecture alive in her mind and available to guide new work, such as "Cordelia's Granite Waterway," a four- pooled water sculpture she created in 2002 for a residence in Austin, Texas.She can't see colors, but memory lets her experience her favorite -- magenta -- as intensely as when her eyes could translate to her brain the frequency known as red.
In some ways color is more vital to Wingwall as a blind woman.Along with humor and industry, it's a critical part of how she keeps her spirit and identity strong in spite of the trauma of her disability.She expresses her attitude every day by wearing bright clothes.
"I have this one idea, which is 'see or be seen,' " she said."If I can't see, I'm going to make myself feel better and everybody else look at these wonderful colors -- mostly red, orange, electric blue, magenta, fuchsia."
Along with fully lit memories, Wingwall combines elements gathered by touch and sound as her vision faded and finally went dark.
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"It's like now he's entered my life and he's a gigantic presence," Wingwall said.
The adjustments in perspective that Wingwall has made since going blind also apply to how she frames images.She has a newfound freedom about where the edges of a picture should go.The clear-cut centering that a person with eyesight takes for granted isn't available to someone who can't see.
"The edge just starts going," Wingwall said."I don't really start with the frame.Lately I've been trying to work with things, trying to bunch up against the frame."
A photographer fully tuned to light and architectural history might see her task as to capture the full unity of a building such as San Trovaso, a historic church in Venice.But to make her "Self-Portrait at San Trovaso," Wingwall photographed the front of the church and composed a mosaic of architectural parts and parts of herself.Curved decorative stone pieces became hair curls around her face, a round window became her torso, an engraved stone from ancient Rome her pelvis and a column one of her legs, paired with an image of one of her real legs.
Wingwall's passion for architecture is reflected in her name.Inspired by a street shrine on a Roman building with a stone cherub who seemed to be pulling the building forward despite having lost one of her wings, she changed her name to Wingwall in 1980.She was born Alice Atkinson in Indianapolis and grew up in rural Indiana.
Wingwall co-directed a short autobiographical film, "Miss BlindSight/The Wingwall Auditions."Since going blind she has become more interested in movement and hopes to make more films.
"You can have bad days," she said."You can sit there and cry.Then you think there's always something I want to do.Better get up and load the film."
In addition to photography, Wingwall is working on a project with a rugmaker in Sonoma County, Hansine Pedersen Goran.They're designing a rug based on one of her drawings, showing the artist's hand holding a coin with a Roman temple engraved on it.She is working on a second design that will be dominated by dark red and will include a written message.
"What I'm going to have on that one are Braille dots for three words: lumière, magenta and aileron," she said.
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-- "Blind at the Museum," an exhibition of the work of Alice Wingwall and other blind or visually impaired artists, UC Berkeley Art Museum, through July 24. $8, $5 for seniors and students ages 12-18. (510) 642-0808. www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.
-- A free public conference on visual impairment and art is set for 4-7 p.m. March 11-12, in the Museum Theater, with a public reception for the artist 6-7 p.m. March 11.
-- A companion show highlighting Wingwall's work runs Feb.17-April 4 at the Townsend Center Gallery, 220 Stephens Hall on the UC campus.A conversation between Wingwall and John Terry, dean of fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, with a screening of Wingwall's film "Miss BlindSight/The Wingwall Auditions," takes place at the gallery 4 to 6 p.m. March 3.A conversation between Wingwall and John Terry, dean of fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, with a screening of Wingwall's film "Miss BlindSight/The Wingwall Auditions," takes place at the gallery 4 to 6 p.m. March 3.
Alice Wingwall works with the ...
www.alicewingwall.com, 26 April 2012 [cached]
Alice Wingwall works with the juxtaposition of images. In her photographs, photomurals, sculpture, site-specific installations and film, she brings together compositional elements, memories and associations. The spatial arrangements, evocative prints and words that she creates have a very distinctive presence.
Alice was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, studied art at Indiana University, architectural history and sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was awarded an MFA and served as a graduate student instructor. She also studied in Paris at the Ecole du Louvre, the Ecole Metiers d'Art (stained glass studio), and the Atelier del Debbio for stone carving. With a grant from the Danish government she studied architectural history at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen.
Subsequently she taught in the University of Oregon Honors College and started the sculpture program at Wellesley College as an Assistant Professor. Her work is included on the campus and in the collections of the University of Oregon, the Oakland Art Museum, the University of California College of Environmental Design, and in private collections in Massachusetts, Indiana, Texas, Oregon and California.
Alice WingwallKQED Arts: ...
www.kqed.org, 5 April 2007 [cached]
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Alice Wingwall
"My vision comes from putting a lot of images together ... and that comes from the memory." -- Alice WingwallView Spark segment on Alice Wingwall.Original airdate: May 2005.
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When noted photographer and sculptor Alice Wingwall began losing her sight, she became determined to continue making visual art.Now almost completely blind, Wingwall remains a vital visual artist, making lyrical and poignant photo-based works that often express her experience of being without sight.Spark checks in on Wingwall as she works on a new series of architectural photographs.
Wingwall suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary degenerative disease of the eye.After all but losing her perception of light a number of years ago, Wingwall discovered that a great deal of her experience of vision happens in her mind.The brain is capable of representing line, color and perspective even without the help of eyesight.
She rarely photographs all alone -- she asks colleagues, including her husband, architect Donlyn Lyndon, to look through her lens and describe what they see.During this collaborative process, she describes her "mind's eye" image and asks if the camera captures this view, using her deep store of memory for other comparison points.
Along with her memory, Wingwall relies to a great degree on her other senses in making her photographs.She may feel the heat of the sun in order to get a sense of the strength and direction of the light source, and she may similarly sense the reflected light radiating from her subject.
Wingwall often uses auto-focus cameras to capture images.In addition, she uses an array of lenses intended to capture her failing sight.Although a 50-millimeter lens renders an image close to what the human eye sees, Wingwall is fond of using wider lenses and panoramic cameras that warp the image and represent her newfound inner vision of the world.
Several of Wingwall's photographs deal with her experience of working as a visual artist without the aid of sight.Many of her works feature architecture -- one of her favorite subjects -- superimposed with images of her guide dog, Slater, or his predecessor, Joseph.These images highlight the ways in which her negotiation of the world around her is now mediated through another being, and the intimate relationship that that establishes between her and her dogs.
Alice Wingwall earned an M.F.A. in sculpture from UC Berkeley and was a professor of sculpture and director of the studio arts program at Wellesley College.She has explored many different mediums, and she trained in stained-glass fabrication in Paris.She co-directed a film with Wendy Snyder MacNeil titled "Miss BlindSight/The Wingwall Auditions," which won Best Independent Film at the 25th anniversary New England Film and Video Festival.
Resources University of Oregon Museum of Natural History: Alice Wingwall's Rock Walk BAM/PFA: Blind at the Museum
The Sea Ranch Association Soundings - Fall, 2001
www.tsra.org, 10 Dec 2004 [cached]
Two well-known Sea Ranch artists, Alice Wingwall and Jim Alinder have photography exhibitions on display at the Alinder Gallery in Gualala until November.
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Wingwall continues to be a substantive creative photographer, studying the relationship of people to the buildings in which they live and work.Buildings are her favorite subjects because, she smiles, "They don't move."Often, Wingwall will place herself and her canine friend, first Joseph and now Slater, within the frame, sometimes using complex, multiple exposures.
Having an extraordinary visual memory, Wingwall will compose the image in her mind's eye, load film in her camera, place it on a tripod and then ask a companion, often her husband, architect Donlyn Lyndon, to frame the image as she directs.When she is satisfied that the lens is seeing what she is "seeing," she releases the shutter.Home at Berkeley, she works closely with a printer to achieve the final print.
Wingwall taught sculpture at Wellesley College where she became interested in photography.A Fulbright sent her to Copenhagen and the study of Romanesque architecture in Denmark.When she returned to America, she worked in two media: sculpture and photography.Recently she was awarded a prestigious research fellowship at Radcliffe/Harvard Colleges.
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