Teresa Jaynes’s The Moon Reader

Created by Philadelphia artist Teresa Jaynes with generous support from the Independence Foundation Artist Fellowships in the Arts, The Moon Reader is modeled after 19th-century primers in the Michael Zinman Collection of Printing for the Blind at the Library Company. The multimedia installation invites participants to learn to read Moon, a raised-letter writing system for the blind invented by blind educator William Moon in 1845. The Reader includes two handmade books. One set in Moon type with embossed illustrations and a translation set in both Braille and large print. An audio recording accompanies the pair. The activity – deciphering, translating and finally comprehending – is intended as a serene act of discovery. The Moon Reader seeks to challenge participants’ ideas about perception, in ways that elicit curiosity, humor, and empathy and to expand their understandings of historical and contemporary connotations of sight.

The images in the gallery on this page show the The Moon Reader
and views from the opening reception at the Library Company on September 23, 2014.