Mesmer Eyes...A Requiem

Kathy Goodell's avatar Kathy Goodell

Mesmer Eyes.. A Requiem, occupies both real space and space of the imagination. It manipulates optical phenomena, light, transparency, and the oscillating tension between matter and illusion. Mesmer Eyes.. A Requiem is composed of 5460 oval shaped drawings, ink on yupo paper, measuring, H-78” W- 216.5” and D, varying depth (between 64” and 88”). The 18.5’ width of the piece creates a panoramic accumulation of diversities and similarities. There is a 5 foot corridor between the drawing and the 20 optical lenses, allowing the viewer to see the drawing either through the lenses or apart from them. The movement of the lenses, proximity of the viewers to each other, allows for chance occurrences, both between the viewer’s faces and their changing relationship to the lenses and drawings. The lenses introduce a complex set of contradictions between inside and out, between matter-of-fact size and sudden indeterminate size, between surface and illusion, distortion and clarity.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 7
  • Medium: ink, yupo paper, glass and acrylic lenses, clear plastic line
  • Width: 18
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 8