Portfolios > Story of the Eyes 2000

The imagery reflects primarily on the human body. It observes the body as a “container”, something that contains life and can give birth to it, or contains death and could be taken over by it. The body is also a container like a vase, which can keep outside itself contents coming from the outside world. Body parts identifying the self, like hair and nails, in constant growth when the body is alive, are used to identify the mental state depicted. The long hair stands for the emotional past, touch and smell, and brings identity through the color, texture, and shape. Its length depicts time, because the growth of hair is like a written record of the years past. Ironically, the hair, being a group of dead cells, shows life. The toenails serve a very similar role and, when painted with red nail polish, make reference to our contemporary time. The lack of hair on the head or any other parts of the body shows that the body is not used to express the identity of the subject at this moment, but as an expression of the transcendence of the inner identity to a new mental stage.

Story of the eyes
egg tempera on paper
3.5" x 3.75"
2000
The day she lost her hair
egg tempera and gold on paper
7.5" x 10.75"
2000
Fire V
egg tempera and silver on paper
6” x 7.5"
2000
Fire IV
egg tempera and gold on paper
6” x 7.5"
2000
The day she lost her hair II
egg tempera and silver on paper
5.75" x 11.75"
2000
Entrapment
egg tempera and gold on paper
5.5" x 12.25"
2000
Fire VI
egg tempera and gold on paper
6” x 7.5"
2000
The day she lost her hair III
egg tempera and silver on paper
6" x 12"
2000
Liquid
egg tempera on paper
4.5" x 6"
2000
Transparency II
gouache on paper
6” x 9”
2000
Grief
egg tempera and gold on paper
5" x 7"
2000
Transparency
egg tempera on paper
6" x 9"
2000
A lonely walk
egg tempera and gold on paper
3" x 3.25"
2000
Release
egg tempera and gold on paper
7.25" x 8.75"
2000
Self-portrait
egg tempera on paper
3" x 3.25"
2000