Shawna Carns with the James Memorial Art Center hangs “Detached,” a piece by Roxi Mathis. Mathis art is on display at The James throughout the month of July.

As an artist, one of the most important tools to utilize in your sight. While the prospect of losing one’s vision is scary, one artist turned it into inspiration for a unique collection.

In 2017 Roxi Mathis was seeing flashing lights across her vision. Two days later, she was in surgery to repair a detaching retina. In order to facilitate the healing process, the surgeon injected a gas bubble into Mathis’ eye to apply pressure to the damaged portions of her retina. A week later, Mathis underwent a second surgery, this time with silicone oil instead of a gas bubble, which she then lived with for the next month before undergoing yet another surgery.

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