Ways of Seeing
Materials: acrylic inks on board, fabric, paper, threads, yarns, beads, wire
Technique: cut-paper lettering design, felting, calligraphy, embroidery, applique, beading
Size: 70 cm diameter (compressed), up to 150 cm (expanded)
Description: During our lives we develop perceptions, intuitions, attitudes, sensibilities, experiences and understanding of the world in which we live. These all influence the way we interpret a particular situation, and can limit (or even obscure) our ability to ‘see clearly’. Here each of these concepts is “written” inside a magnifying glass through which we can observe the world. Each is depicted in a different medium (crochet, tapestry, felting, beading, embroidery and decorated paper) to represent the different approaches we can take to make sense of our surroundings.
Many writers have described their experiences of the world as well as their hopes and dreams. Here these ‘ways with words’ are represented as circular bands of colour, illuminating the dark recesses of the unknown. The central focal point in each field is shaped like an eye, symbolising one perspective (or ‘outlook’) on life, or it could be interpreted as a ‘third eye’, a window to the inner core of the subconscious.
The various colours encompass the full spectrum, and this represents the wide range of diversity and individuality in the human population. In this interactive display, by layering some or all of the lenses over your choice of text, you can create many alternative views of the world.