Turning disability into possibility
Artrophy is a play on words. Google the term and a prompt showing results for atrophy appears. The word atrophy is a term used primarily in medicine and refers to a wasting away. Give the word a slight tweak and the definition flips.
Artrophy is vision. It is how we see, we create, we evolve.
Artrophy is meant to inspire.
I was born with an inherited optic nerve disorder known as Autosomal Dominant Optic Atrophy. The condition causes vision loss and colour vision defects. At first I had no idea I had vision issues. I was a kid who assumed what I saw was what everyone else saw. Only after years did I realize this wasn’t the case.
But this is not all about me, the art you see here reflects interpretations of a shared reality between Kupu and me. Shaped not only through an eye condition but also by a life of collective experiences. Our creations start with photographs, move to edits and when the time feels right the paint hits the canvas.
Kupu is my wife, my eyes and my driver. You can see her influence in all these creations. Once I have crafted an idea or concept, Kupu adds her unique touches. The final product is a collaboration of two halves creating a whole.
As artists we are known as Bhuddi and Kupu, a collaborative visual arts team called Artrophy.
You may think this is the whole story but we have barely scratched the surface. So if we have piqued your curiosity then follow along on the journey as it unfolds and takes you places you may not have imagined but neither did we.
BHUDDI AND KUPU
We hope you enjoy our work!