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Deaf artist sings a song of colour

Posted Sep 14 2009 10:35pm

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Deaf Wrexham artist Emily May Peters has dedicated her new exhibition ‘Sing A Song Of Colour’ to her beloved hearing dog Cassy, who passed away earlier this year.

Emily, 63, studied Stained Glass and Mosaics where she developed a keen interest in colour. Shortly after completing the three year course, she lost all of her hearing.

No longer being able to hear music, she describes how “As the sense of sound disappeared, I slowly began to feel that the colours of nature all around me were now singing a joyous visual song all of their own. Over the years, colour has become increasingly important, and I became aware that the purer the colour, the more vibrant would be the ‘song’.”

Emily has exhibited at numerous galleries and art centres throughout Wales. This exhibition at National Trust property Erddig is being dedicated to Cassy, who was Emily’s hearing dog and faithful companion for ten years before she passed away earlier this year.

Emily’s celebration of colour was made possible through the joy of daily living with Cassy. She says “Profound deafness and its accompanying silence became my life companion over 25 years ago. Along with all other indoor and outdoor sounds, I lost my beloved music. I lost all my friends, my social life and my ability to mix with people. So, I disappeared. Disappeared behind the walls of my home...then there was Cassy. Cassy helped me rediscover my voice and enjoy human contact again. She saved me from everlasting silence. Cassy became my lifeline.”

Sadly, Cassy died at the start of this year. Emily is now partnered with another dog, Pabi, who accompanies her everywhere, and will be there at the exhibition with her.

The ‘Sing A Song of Colour’ exhibition is being held between October 3 and October 21 at the Erddig historic house, a National Trust property near Wrexham.

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