Biography

"Blindness has taught me that I am not a body, but a mind and a spirit, and my body's eyes have nothing to do with vision."

 

Carol B. Saylor, BFA, Painting major, BS in Education

 

Saylor was born in 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and, while raising a large family, completed her art education at Tyler School of Art in 1976. Saylor taught Art and Humanities at Lenape Junior High School, Doylestown, PA,  until 1979, when she was diagnosed with a progressive loss of eyesight and hearing. After being retrained in computer science, she was employed by an agency dealing with child abuse and neglect.

 

Saylor was a member of the Board of national Exhibits by Blind Artists (NEBA) for about twenty years, and she exhibited with NEBA and with many other groups as a visually impaired painter and sculptor. She worked in papier mache, wood, wire, clay, plaster, and bronze. In 2007 Saylor exhibited her series of hidden spaces sculptures for one year At the Philadelphia Library for the Blind. These Sculptures were meant to be touched in order to demonstrate to the sighted, what the blind already know. In 2010 the Hidden Spaces series and other work were exhibited at Villanova University. Some of Saylor’s work expresses grief and loss for the deaths of two of her children and the theme of mother and child, and   it also expresses the hope and joy of healing. Almost completely blind and deaf, Saylor is now working primarily in clay sculpture. Saylor has won many awards, and is included in many collections, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She uses various access technologies in order to hear, read, and write and to teach workshops to the visually impaired as well as presenting to graduate students and teachers in several universities and museums. Saylor, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, states, “I have learned that I am not a body, but a mind and a spirit. My body’s eyes have nothing to do with vision, my body’s ears have nothing to do with listening, and my art speaks for itself.”

 

In 2013 Saylor began working with Armand Mednick, born in Brussels, Belgium in 1933 (Tyler School of Art, BFA, BS in Education, Alfred University, MFA in Ceramics(. Mednick , a Holocaust survivor, who has been creating pottery for over 60 years, taught Art, French, Art History and the Holocaust for fifty years at the Oak Lane Day School. Saylor and Mednick work on individual and combined art work in their studio in Abington, PA, where, using their combined experiences of over one hundred and sixty years, they are continuing to experiment, learn, and develop new ideas for clay pottery and clay sculpture.

©2007-2017 Carol B. Saylor