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Print - Sightline Series: Eyeline 1.

Sightline Series: Eyeline 1.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brendon, Joanna MBE, born 1944 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Digital print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

From an early age Joanna Brendon was interested in practicing as a visual artist but only took up making work recently after several years work in arts administration. Visually impaired from birth as a 'high myopic' she also developed cataracts in mid-life, but an operation at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2007 left her sight much improved. After years of 'living in thick brown gravy' as she described her visual ability, colours came back.

In much of her work she uses the barcode as motif and signifier. In a barcode, each sequence of bars, while looking quite similar to the next, is unique, and the key to very specific information. While Brendon is unable to attain the detail and precision of image making that fully sighted artists might, she can still make works that refer to the significance of coded messages.Much of her work uses actual photographs of the eye, taken by herself as well as a professional opthalmic photographer.

Two of her prints in the Sightlines series are dedicated to her surgeon, Jonathan Dowler. In 2008 Moorfields Hospital hosted an exhibition of her work in their foyer.

Physical description

An image which resembles a blown up version of a barcode, but with the white parts of the bars coloured. The colouring is predominantly reds/ browns but some parts of the stripes are blue/green/ brown. The colouring is in fact formed of massively magnified details of the cornea of the eye, Hence the watery, fluid way the colours flow and merge into each other.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2005 (made)


Brendon, Joanna MBE, born 1944 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Digital print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Sightline Series/ Eyeline 1/
Joanna Brendon / 2005 AP
Signed and dated in pencil and inscribed with title and A[rtist's] P[roof] on the back of the sheet.


Height: 29.7 cm sheet, Width: 21 cm sheet, Height: 20 cm printed surface, Width: 15 cm printed surface

Descriptive line

Joanna Brendon. Sightlines Series: Eyelines 1. Digital print

Subjects depicted

Barcode; Perception


Prints; Disability

Production Type

Artist's proof


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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