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Kennedy, John M. 2013. Tactile drawings, ethics, and a sanctuary: Metaphoric devices invented by a blind woman. Perception 42 (6) : 658–668. 11 pp.
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The paper focuses on the raised-line drawings made by a blind thirty-year old woman. Numerous sketches were made over nine years and were characterized by a personal treatment of the subjects she selected. In particular, two of her drawings present the use of novel metaphors to depict places, a sanctuary and a tragic era. Lightness of line in a forest represents what is out of reality, enchanted, and a sanctuary, an oblique grid in a drawing of a Holocaust memorial is used to show tragic events. Such metaphorical devices used in the raised-line drawings of the blind woman deal with the ontological category –values- which is investigated here for the first time.