'Double Vision' asks viewers to see the world differently

May 22, 2018

Artist Melanie Walker and her "House-head" puppet
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A new exhibit at Anderson Ranch invites visitors to interact with photography, sculpture and even puppets.


"Double Vision" is an immersive experience.  Black and white photographs are superimposed on tall, transparent sheets.  They rustle as visitors walk by — or in between — them. A blue puppet, with a house for a head, dances on a suitcase.  Ceiling-high wire tornadoes appear to blow apart black-and-white chairs.

Melanie Walker, a multi-media artist, said the title of the exhibit is taken partly from how she sees the world.  She was born legally blind in one eye.

"A lot of my experience every waking moment is double vision, so this kind of tries to create a bridge for other people to experience how it is to see in a different way," Walker said.

Walker collaborated with sculptor George Peters to create this exhibit. Peters is particularly interested in

Sculptor George Peters
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large-scale pieces — he created those giant tornadoes.  He said that a mixed-media approach helps push boundaries for the viewer...and for the two artists.

"We’re opening up our own capabilities by doing something different each time, because if you can be pegged with one particular thing you do, you’re kind of finished," Peters said.  

Double Vision is on display in the Patton-Marolt gallery at Anderson Ranch through June 13.  An artists’ reception will be held on June 5.