Where all my ideas start… and where some abruptly ended!
now to let it dry!
For my final piece, I would like to create a painting that embodies all of the themes I have explored throughout my final year. The main focus will be a single painting I will create over four, 24”x 24” inch, canvas’, this will be surrounded by a frame and will be made to represent the traditional four-pane window. The colour scheme will be based on the chakra channels and psychological properties of colours. It will be painted with the same fluidity as my other paintings to represent the ever-changing movement of our consciousness and will be varnished to give it a subtle shine to emphasise it’s liquid-like movement. This will then have a graphic gold line overlayed to highlight that all four are continuous of each other, and to create a physical barrier enforcing the window like quality of looking into the abyss of the conscious mind.
I will also include a smaller oval painting. This painted in the same style for the same reasons, however, created circular in form to represent the human eye. “The eyes are the window to the soul”. Both paintings have also partially been painted using food dye and other natural dyes, so that over time parts of the paintings will gradually change. This has been included as a way of displaying how our opinions can change as we gain more information and how over time our memories slowly fade.
Lastly, I will include my glass pieces as a more interactive demonstration to reiterate how our culture and society mold and change us as they’re panes of glass are layers painted using all the colours mentioned within the chakras but with a translucency to show how it changes and is affected by the surface it is set on – our surroundings can change and affect us but our core will remain reflective of who we are on the inside.
Having studied the idea that eyes are the windows to the soul, and as I’m creating a body of work based on painting the conscious mind, I would like to combine these two theories.However, I would prefer to create this as a subtle reference.
To do this I have played around with placing graphic lines over my paintings, creating a physical barrier.
This is a theme that has been continuously developed by many different artist and theorists. Most commonly through the quote, “eyes are the windows to the soul”. (A quote I completely agree with.)
There is a lot of debate over who was the first to say it..
It’s been attributed to Shakespeare, Leonardo DaVinci and others. A few of those I could find are listed here:
“The eye is the window of the soul, the mouth the door. The intellect, the will, are seen in the eye; the emotions, sensibilities, and affections, in the mouth. The animals look for man’s intentions right into his eyes. Even a rat, when you hunt him and bring him to bay, looks you in the eye.” Hiram Powers, American sculptor (1805 – 1873)
“I need no dictionary of quotations to remind me that the eyes are the windows of the soul.” Max Beerbohm
“Perhaps in all too many cases they are full of ancient traditional hokum from the culture about the eyes being the windows of the soul, and things being seen in them that might not otherwise be revealed — which seems to be one of the most misguided ideas I’ve ever known.” Sullivan, H. S. (1954). The Psychiatric Interview. New York: Norton. p. 5-6.
“The eyes of our souls only then begin to see, when our bodily eyes are closing.” Law.
“Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul.” Milton.
“They say that the eye is the window to the soul. But it is the soul that is the window.” Andrew Hamilton
“The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is a topic I wish to explore within my art as I feel it embodies all of my desired themes.