The conflict within
What was left unsaid
Making this collection was in itself a ritual of sorts for me. I had to look into people’s eyes as I asked if I could photograph them. The steps were a little like this:
- Greet, ask if I could take a photo of their eye for my art practical.
- It was usually a yes, a few were worried that their eyes were dirty, another had puffy eyes from crying the night before, but it was generally a yes.
- Going up close and waiting for the phone camera to focus then snapping the image. I usually asked them to open wide to get a larger surface area of their iris.
- Show the individual the eye other people look into everyday. People were very fascinated with their own eyes and the angle of the image.
- I painted the eyes on different sized formats . These are all people I know in some way whether as a classmate, acquaintance, friend or family.
The taste for adventure
The hidden inner world
Ritual of communication
Eye contact is a form of body language which is important during communication. It indicates that you are focused and paying attention . It is a way of building a connection with the other person . Avoiding eye contact can also be very telling. We thus partake in the ritual of eye contact and we all partake in it in different ways garnering different results.
The Kind One
The third eye refers to the instrument or energy centre that allows for intuition and access to spaces of a higher consciousness. It symbolizes a state of enlightenment or the evocation of mental images having deeply spiritual or psychological significance. It is often associated with religious visons, clairvoyance, the ability to observe auras precognition and out of body experiences.
Having an open third eye is seen as an important element in being in touch with one’s spirituality.