I was looking back to see if you were looking back to see if I was looking back at me. Pencil Crayon on Paper. 2017 - is now installed in the Ruskin Gallery within the Millenmium Galleries - Sheffield. Made as part of our "The Simple Stories they tell us dont make sense anymore" ACE funded project it will be on show until the new year. We are proud to continue the partnership with curator Louise Pullen and further build our relationship with Ruskin.
The artist statement I wrote to accompany the piece says this:
The act of drawing eyes is to think of the circle of drawing, I look, my brain processes, a mark comes from my hand, the drawing appears. To draw the thing that makes this cycle possible is to bring attention to the act of looking and the notion of being seen. I look at the thing that looks, but these eyes are not real. They are beautifully pretending. Which focuses us onto ideas of honesty and beauty. I was moved to tears on seeing my uncles 2 new glass eyes fitted – fitted in part to ease our pain of witnessing his loss, a loss sustained in a farming related accident. They are exquisite prosthetics gems that ask us to reflect on the sublime reality of our own eyes and how they look, in every sense. I hope Ruskin would be proud and I hope this drawing which can never succeed in representing the subject fully, invites you to engage with life, living, with the act of looking and deep thinking. I know I am saved a little every time I take them out of their bag.