Artist Loses Her Sight But Not Her Creative Vision

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — While most would take vision loss as a reason not to explore life as an artist, there is one woman who proves you don’t have to have vision to be a visionary.

“I always feel like a big girl painter when I use a brush, but for the most part I really like to use my fingers,” artist Annie Young said. “I want to feel what I’m doing. I want to be able to feel to navigate the surface.”

When Young lost her vision 10 years ago due to a medical condition, she turned to art to help her process her day to day.

“My hands literally itch to get them out, you know, on to a canvas,” Young said.

Young’s latest work is being done on her garage wall.

“This particular piece, someone shared with me a dream that they had and it just sounded so beautiful, I couldn’t let it go,” she said.

In order to navigate the piece, her friends put up tape to help her find her place.

Looking at her work, you can’t help but notice many of her canvases are topographic. While she may not share in site, she hopes others can feel what she feels, helping to bring her intention full circle.

“I have a passion and it just won’t escape me. So many times when I try to give it up, it wouldn’t let go … It’s just a part of who I am,” Young said.

This Saturday, Young’s work is going to be featured in Lakeville at an exhibit to benefit the Eastview School Community in Apple Valley.

Art Madness is Saturday, Nov. 5 from 7-11 p.m. at The Barn, Spirit of Brandtjen Farms in Lakeville. Tickets are $35 a person. Click on the links below for more about the event and the artist.

Eastview Community Foundation
Annie Young’s Blog

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