I started this piece at Anderson Ranch a few years ago, and finally finished it last summer. It definitely belongs in the category of "Art That Scares Even Me."
The box originally held three miniature liquor bottles that someone sent to Miranda during our workshop. I have this thing about packaging. I look at it and I see things - and it makes me want to keep it - HOARD IT - until I make the thing in my mind. Like the No. 9 Shrine made from a birthday cake container. (Still for sale, by the way...$9.99...Get in touch...)
Back to the Eye Box. The communion cups I pilfered from a Christmas Eve service two years ago. Technically. Because the original cups melted when I poured the hot resin into them. Second time around, I used Ice Resin and cups sent by a friend. The wedding ring is from a gumball machine.
The eye print was made using the Van Dyke process and the box is lit with a tiny light string (lights removed from the back for the photo.) The outside is covered with mink salvaged from an old coat. It feels pretty amazing when you hold it in your hands.
Beginning to end, I think it was about three years. Off and on, of course. I have no idea what it means, I just decided not to censor myself. It's scary what you find sloshing around in your brain when you pull the cork out. The only thing I could think to do with it is send it to my artist-friend Kelly as a birthday card. She said she liked it.