Imagine for a moment, when you open them again, the previous view of what’s around you is gone.
What will you do? Where will you go? How will you survive? And how do you get over this trauma caused by other people’s negligence and actions that’s never been compensated?
How do you persevere in the face of multiple social and financial challenges to try to regain the dignity of independence and self-sufficiency, especially in these times of heightened indifference, funding cutbacks and social cruelty towards the most vulnerable around us.
In the case of Laura Meddens, the way forward comes from within.
After losing her sight in 2007, Laura struggled with many of the same issues faced by other people who, as adults, lose their ability to see. She was even denied a disability benefit because of a badly outdated and arbitrary Dutch law.
Eight years later, she began to experience vivid visualizations in ‘her mind’s eye' that she feels come from her heart and soul. Laura has always possessed intuitive and remarkably sensory perceptual abilities, and she decided to try and capture these extraordinary images on canvas for others to see.
With the help of family and friends, Laura has managed to create a modest collection of equally extraordinary paintings and is now attempting to make a self-sustainable career out of her natural gift. But laying the foundation for that, and getting your work known, is often an unaffordable challenge for many aspiring artists, regardless of whether or not they can see.
So it is with that purpose that friends of Laura are mounting this campaign to raise funds to help establish that foundation to cover materials, promotional efforts and logistics behind the staging of an exhibition from the 21st of November, 2019 through to the 1st of January, 2020 at Parc Broekhuizen, a historic country estate 40 minutes south of Amsterdam that has been beautifully transformed into a boutique Hotel. Laura’s works will hang in the estate’s Carriage Hall, which will also be the venue for an opening night reception, and she will present curated tours of her works on a number of weekends.
We hope you will join her community of supporters by making a donation and helping Laura to share the love and humanity that she feels her paintings express in a world that sometimes feels as though those qualities have been bullied into hiding.