VILYANA MILANOVA

ON PAUSE

I've worked on the series "On Pause" focusing on a problem called visual impairment.

Living with this problem reminds people how important actually the human senses are and that we need to take care of ourselves and to praise what we have. The eye is really sensitive zone on our body and once the problem occurs, it can develop fast and cause difficulties with normal daily activities.

The drawings with blurred effect represent pictures in the way it may look in the head of people who are visually impaired. I pictured faces as shadows, hardly recognizable objects and blurred images of people. I tried to imagine what is like not to have the ability to see.

Some of the pictures focus on the Photokeratitis - a painful eye condition that occurs when the eyes are exposed to invisible rays of energy called ultraviolet rays, either from the sun or from a man-made source. Photokeratitis is like having a sunburned eye. This condition affects the thin surface layer of the cornea - the clear front window of the eye - and the conjunctiva, which is the cell layer covering the inside of the eyelids and the whites of the eye. That's why the colors I used are so bright and objects so pale and unclear. The silhouettes almost disappear.