Eye Contact

Eye Contact

Rachel Wyse

My entry touches on the values of privacy and curiosity. It was heavily inspired by the Obscure Sorrow, Opia. Opia is described as the ambiguous intensity of eye contact, something perceived as both invasive and vulnerable. In the self portrait I wanted to keep the eyes the focal point, portraying a restrained sadness that became clearer the longer one looked at it. I wanted to show how eye contact was mutual, universal, yet there was only so much that could be willingly portrayed through it, and that is why eye contact is so particularly fickle and strangely intimate. As described by John Koenig, “We offer up a sample of who we are, of what we think people want us to be [...] it’s all too easy for others to size you up, and carry on their way. They can see you more clearly than you ever could.

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