Who would believe that so small a space could contain the images of the universe? - Leonardo da Vinci
The eye is traditionally associated with light, insight, intelligence, reason, and spiritual awareness.
This "light of the mind" has been imagined as the "third eye," the "eye of Dharma" in Buddhism, the "eye of Wisdom" in Islam, the "eye of Shiva" in Hinduism and the "eye of God" in Christianity.
The symbology of one eye is ancient but the loss of vision for me is new. Delving into my own experience of vision loss I felt compelled to sculpt an eye. As I worked on it I was not sure if was a healing piece or a piece for protection. When completed, the shape and form led me to further investigate the deeper meanings of vision loss.
I found that some believe that the loss of sight can lead to enhanced creativity, to the opening of clairvoyance and, the "third eye" or "inner sight," transpersonal awareness. Blindness or missing eyes are symbolic of the potential transformation of one form of consciousness - one form of "seeing" - into another, broader one.
In many ancient cultures, the eye is a channel into a new dimension. The black of the pupil is the pitch dark tunnel through which one must travel in order to emerge into "enlightenment."
I created these pieces as both healing and protection for you and and your environment, as well as a reminder that "seeing" is both a physical and metaphysical activity.