Perspectacles

Perspectacles = perspective + spectacles

Perspectacles are mixed media sculptures the size and shape of eyeglasses. As I create and photograph them, I explore renewal of the ways we see (or don’t see), offering a place to reflect and find deeper understanding of ourselves and each other. The work offers an invitation to see beyond what has been.

See the journal with artistic photography of the Perspectacles and plenty of room for writing and reflection.

Prints available upon request. INQUIRE>

FEARLESS , 2014  Real joy is exuberantly fearless.  6″x6″x4″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, paper, wire

FEARLESS, 2014

Real joy is exuberantly fearless.

6″x6″x4″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, paper, wire

PEANUT MOMENT , 2014  Sometimes what is truly important becomes clear in a single moment. Inspired by a friend’s new commitment to family after her grandson’s close call with a peanut.  2″x2″x1″, mixed media: peanut, wire

PEANUT MOMENT, 2014

Sometimes what is truly important becomes clear in a single moment. Inspired by a friend’s new commitment to family after her grandson’s close call with a peanut.

2″x2″x1″, mixed media: peanut, wire

LIGHT , 2014  Where do you need it?  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paper, LED lights

LIGHT, 2014

Where do you need it?

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paper, LED lights

THROUGH , 2014  The way through is not always what we think it will be.  6″x6″3″, mixed media: paper, ink, acrylic paint, thread

THROUGH, 2014

The way through is not always what we think it will be.

6″x6″3″, mixed media: paper, ink, acrylic paint, thread

WITH US , 2012  Compassion weeps with us when we weep. This was made for a friend mourning the loss of her brother.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: Kleenex, recycled eyeglass frames

WITH US, 2012

Compassion weeps with us when we weep. This was made for a friend mourning the loss of her brother.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: Kleenex, recycled eyeglass frames

WHAT A GIFT! , 2012  There are so many gifts to discover in life and in others.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: wood, paper, string

WHAT A GIFT!, 2012

There are so many gifts to discover in life and in others.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: wood, paper, string

NEVER KNOW WHEN , 2012  Life around a short temper can be tense and unpredictably explosive. Note the piece of sandpaper over the nose.  6″x6″3″, mixed media: matches, sandpaper

NEVER KNOW WHEN, 2012

Life around a short temper can be tense and unpredictably explosive. Note the piece of sandpaper over the nose.

6″x6″3″, mixed media: matches, sandpaper

GRATITUDE , 2012  What are you grateful for today?  These Perspectacles are built on 3-D movie glasses - because seeing with eyes of thankfulness can take us to a different dimension.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: 3-D movie glasses, paper, ribbons

GRATITUDE, 2012

What are you grateful for today?

These Perspectacles are built on 3-D movie glasses - because seeing with eyes of thankfulness can take us to a different dimension.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: 3-D movie glasses, paper, ribbons

GRATITUDE  (interior view)

GRATITUDE (interior view)

ENOUGH WINTER , 2012  Where is it time for you to bloom?  6″x6″x2″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, paper, thread

ENOUGH WINTER, 2012

Where is it time for you to bloom?

6″x6″x2″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, paper, thread

BETTER TIPTOE , 2012  Where do you need to walk carefully?  5″x5″x2″, mixed media: eggshells, wire

BETTER TIPTOE, 2012

Where do you need to walk carefully?

5″x5″x2″, mixed media: eggshells, wire

VIRIDITAS , 2011  Creativity has its own life-giving way of bursting forth.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, hand-painted textile, nail polish, wire

VIRIDITAS, 2011

Creativity has its own life-giving way of bursting forth.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, hand-painted textile, nail polish, wire

MISSING YOU , 2011  What happens when a life goes uninhabited?  6″x5″x3″, medium: fused and cold worked kiln glass

MISSING YOU, 2011

What happens when a life goes uninhabited?

6″x5″x3″, medium: fused and cold worked kiln glass

MISSING YOU  (interior view)

MISSING YOU (interior view)

BACK OFF , 2011  How do you make sure people don’t get too close?  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, toothpicks, thread

BACK OFF, 2011

How do you make sure people don’t get too close?

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, toothpicks, thread

BARRICADE , 2010  We can always choose not to see what is right in front of us. What happens when we do that for a long time?  6″x6″x2″, mixed media: wire, wood, paint

BARRICADE, 2010

We can always choose not to see what is right in front of us. What happens when we do that for a long time?

6″x6″x2″, mixed media: wire, wood, paint

A GOOD REPAIR , 2010  Reconciliation is a fragile, brave, and often messy process.  An argument begins on the ends of both earpieces, slowly progressing towards a good repair – a reconciliation – in the middle.  6″x6″x2″, mixed media: two different halves of different recycled eyeglass frames, thread, paper, conversational prose

A GOOD REPAIR, 2010

Reconciliation is a fragile, brave, and often messy process.

An argument begins on the ends of both earpieces, slowly progressing towards a good repair – a reconciliation – in the middle.

6″x6″x2″, mixed media: two different halves of different recycled eyeglass frames, thread, paper, conversational prose

A GOOD REPAIR  (detail)

A GOOD REPAIR (detail)

SORROW , 2009  Each tear is beautiful, even when we feel barely stitched together and it’s hard to stand tall.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: Fused and slumped glass, rhinestone nail accents

SORROW, 2009

Each tear is beautiful, even when we feel barely stitched together and it’s hard to stand tall.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: Fused and slumped glass, rhinestone nail accents

RAIN ON THAT PARADE , 2009  What cloud do you need to get out from under?  mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paper collage, paint, foam, glass beads, thread

RAIN ON THAT PARADE, 2009

What cloud do you need to get out from under?

mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paper collage, paint, foam, glass beads, thread

RAIN ON THAT PARADE  (interior view)

RAIN ON THAT PARADE (interior view)

I WANT THAT , 2009  Envy undermines our contentment.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, wire, bamboo, plastic

I WANT THAT, 2009

Envy undermines our contentment.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, wire, bamboo, plastic

I WANT THAT  (side view)

I WANT THAT (side view)

IN A BUBBLE , 2009  Isolating ourselves from pain only leaves us lonely and unknown.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: Recycled eyeglass frames, inks, bubble wrap over collage of  monologue

IN A BUBBLE, 2009

Isolating ourselves from pain only leaves us lonely and unknown.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: Recycled eyeglass frames, inks, bubble wrap over collage of monologue

IN A BUBBLE  (detail)

IN A BUBBLE (detail)

HAPPY DAY , 2009  Joy is an intentional awareness.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: polymer clay, paint, paper, wire, pompom

HAPPY DAY, 2009

Joy is an intentional awareness.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: polymer clay, paint, paper, wire, pompom

HAPPY DAY  (side view)

HAPPY DAY (side view)

HUH? , 2009  Confusion can settle into the mind like an obscuring fog.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: batting, paper, paint,  poetry    This poem is woven through the Perspectacle, partially obscured.

HUH?, 2009

Confusion can settle into the mind like an obscuring fog.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: batting, paper, paint, poetry

This poem is woven through the Perspectacle, partially obscured.

HUH?  (side view)

HUH? (side view)

ARE WE THERE YET? , 2009  Waiting can feel like a prison, especially in our culture of instant everything.  6″x6″x2″, mixed media: polymer clay, pencil, glass

ARE WE THERE YET?, 2009

Waiting can feel like a prison, especially in our culture of instant everything.

6″x6″x2″, mixed media: polymer clay, pencil, glass

ARE WE THERE YET?  (interior view)

ARE WE THERE YET? (interior view)

AFRAID , 2009  How do you see the world when you are scared?  6″x6″x2″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, glass, collaged paper images of an ice cap in Peru.

AFRAID, 2009

How do you see the world when you are scared?

6″x6″x2″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, glass, collaged paper images of an ice cap in Peru.

ME ME ME , 2009  Our selfishness is more obvious than we realize.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: copper wire, mirrors, paper collage

ME ME ME, 2009

Our selfishness is more obvious than we realize.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: copper wire, mirrors, paper collage

ME ME ME  (interior view)

ME ME ME (interior view)

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