- DYSLEXIA,LITERATURE AND THE IMAGINATION
The graduate design thesis was established following a conversation about my personal experience with dyslexia. The notion that my dyslexia has restricted me from reading my entire life. In particular, never reading a novel, which has subjectively restricted my imagination.
Frustration at my inability to read and ingest text at an early age lead to a loathing avoidance. I used to look at people reading and wonder what possessed them,what pleasure was gained from it, when ever I attempted to read it would always lead to irritation, anger and disappointment.
From a very young age, emphasis was always on the visual. I have always been highly creative, imaginative and dexterous, spending much of my time drawing,painting, modeling, building, playing computer games and making music.
Throughout my education I have only developed visually. I had weaknesses in literacy andnumeracy and strengths in art, design and graphics. I almost felt as ifsomething was preventing me from grasping the fundamentals of literacy or numeracy, and perhaps to compensate for these deficiencies, I developed myskills in the subjects I had strengths in.
Subsequently, I have been using audiobooks, and through the medium of the spoken word, a collection of novels has opened up my eyes to an unknown pleasure; the delight and satisfaction of understanding a novels plot, theme and context. Contrasted against my previously visual methodologies, I am experiencing something completely new; ingesting information and imagining without any previous visual criteria; complex sensory environments, figurative constructs, captured movements, elements of nostalgia, ambiguity, light, colour, smell, anger, fear,ephemerality and atmosphere.
The dyslexic mind works through the connection of visual images and the relationships between them. There is tremendous potential in the theory as it gives license to imagine and dream all without any external visual precedent,opening up an endless field of opportunities.
Imagination is everything, It is the preview of lifes coming attractions Albert Einstein.