What kind of art does he do? Well, pretty much everything.
“I do installations. I do works on paper, I do video, short films, photographs, sound art,” he said.
As a successful visual artist, a man who creates things for people to look at, you might be surprised to hear he can’t see them.
In 1994, Lapthisophon’s vision seemed a little blurry. His doctor told him he has optic neuritis.
In other words, he went blind.
“I can see mostly contrast. I can see colors and that kind of stuff. If I get really close to something, I can see much better, but it’s not ever sharp focus,” said Lapthisophon. “I sometimes joke with some people that I can’t see my own work unless I get really close to it.”
He had to leave his job in the wine business. He can’t drive.
“I can’t read without using a really big magnifying glass.”
“There’s a lot of practical disadvantages to being a vision-impaired person.”
What his blurry vision did give him is more of a focus on art.
“I don’t know that it allowed me to do it more, but I think it gave me a drive to not be defeated by it. You know, what I can do is not changed by the fact that I can’t see it perfectly.”
“I don’t feel like I’m at a real disadvantage, not being able to see.”
“I see what I need to see.”