Last month I introduced the first two pieces in my very informally titled Eyeball Series. Today the latter two will be revealed. Let’s get right to these ocular opuses.
The first piece I will talk about today was inspired not only by the eyeball looking fixtures, but also some Victorian furniture parts as well as early American gravestone images I found in an American Heritage books. Below are a couple of these peculiar gravestones:
First I started getting a composition together.
As you will see in the following pictures, much of the time on this piece was rearranging things til everything clicked.
I would move the wood parts around…
Add things, remove things…
Try out different images…
At times it seemed like I was just going back and forth, but it finally got to a point where I was happy with both the composition and imagery.
Now came the time to attach everything. Below you can see the basic components of the piece. Finding ways of attaching all the various parts can be a puzzle in itself.
The name of this piece is Grafton Park. And a little explanation on the title: Grafton is a town in Vermont, and the image of the little person is from a tombstone located there. The name of the person is Rebecca Park, who was buried along with her 14 infants. This piece is 16 x 14 x 6 and hangs on the wall. Feel free to contact me with any questions and see all four works in this series on this page.
Lord of the Eyes
The next piece is the final work in the series. I didn’t get as many progress photos for this one but had a very similar method as the first: arrange and rearrange elements until everything looked right.
First it looked like a giant daisy:
And then an eye that had been out partying all night:
There were about 20 other iterations that didn’t get photographed, but needless to say, it was very satisfying when it all started coming together:
The name of this piece is Lord of the Eyes, a play on at least two well-known works of literature. It is 16 x 17 x 8 inches and also hangs on the wall. Feel free to contact me with any questions and see all four works in this series on this page.