The Eye of the Beholder

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

This phrase often gets thrown around when people compare their opinions of whether something (or someone) is attractive or not. Its most common interpretation is that the concept of beauty is subjective and different people may like different things.

But can we put a different spin on this phrase?

Aside from personal preferences, can the person’s outlook on life change what they consider to be beautiful? When I was in graduate school, we had a lab manager who loved gloomy rainy days. I could never understand her. But now that I think back to it, I wonder – maybe she just decided to put a positive spin on it for herself and not let it bring her down.

  • You can decide whether you would allow something like bad weather ruin your mood.
  • You can decide whether you hate being stuck in quarantine or love spending more time with your kids.
  • You can decide whether you see the glass as half-full or half-empty.

When I initially created the “Hope” sculpture, I wanted to emphasize how the only place we can find a positive outlook on life is deep inside of ourselves. You can read more about it here.

While I created this sculpture back in 2018, over the past 10 months I have been coming back to this concept more and more frequently.

We need hope. We need optimism. We need a positive outlook on life. We need to decide that things will get better.

So I created a smaller version of “Hope” by embroidering the eye with the white crystal on a small canvas (6″ x 6″).

So if you need a small daily pick-me-up to brighten up your mood, consider getting yourself a little present that will make you smile.

“Eye of the Beholder”, 2020

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