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Megan Paetzhold

Amblyopia (25), 2015

on reverse: an interview with Megan Paetzhold by Mike Tan (an excerpt can be found below)

Megan Paetzhold (b. 1992) is a photo based artist, writer, and curator whose work focuses on photography’s relationship to perception and memory. Megan lives and works in New York City and completed her BFA in Photography at Parsons the School for Design as well as her BA in Culture & Media at Eugene Lang the College for Liberal Arts in 2016.

RFP  Since a large part of your practice is conceptually predicated on your visual impairment, can you tell us about your sensory situation?

MP I was born with a couple different visual conditions, but this work deals with Strabismic Amblyopia, which basically means I can only see out of one eye at a time. Humans have binocular vision, and our brains merge input from the left and right eyes to create our understanding of the world. In order for that to be successful, both eyes have to converge on the one point - and mine don’t. To compensate, my brain “turns off” input from one eye to avoid getting double vision. My eyes have also always been sensitive to light, and I’ve often found light and what it can do to be a more interesting subject than people or objects.