Piece of the Week - Eye of History Etchings
These striking and intriguing etchings display colourful human irises with maps of the world superimposed onto them. Eye of History II, III and IV by British contemporary artist Marc Quinn explore the relationships between mankind and nature; subjectivity and objectivity; and the power and role of our perceptions of the world.
Throwing light onto human responsibility, the works focus on different geographical locations, arguably to highlight political issues such as global warming. The different landscapes in each work also reflect the ‘mapping’ of our identity as individuals, each with our unique make-up and our unique views of life. In this series however, the individual and the whole are converged into one.
The works make for a stimulating exploration of what we ‘see’ and understand as reality, compared to say, our cultural values and observations. Every person is unique in his or her outlook, as each work is unique in its presentation of the world. The fiery purples and yellows in Etching II contrast with the calming and serene blues and greens of Etching IV.
Perhaps there's a part of the world that means something particularly special to you. Perhaps you identify with the message and meanings behind the works. Or perhaps you simply love the way these works look to you and think will be a great feature piece in your home. Whatever the reason, we hope it's at Loughran Gallery where you'll find your piece of art history...