This work is an homage to the Georgian tradition of “lover’s eyes“, miniature paintings of the eye of the beloved that could be carried as a secret token.
Embroidering eyes takes ridic amounts of time. Both the eyes I’ve done have layers and layers of thread, many hidden from view. Since I’m an extremely process-oriented artist, I don’t mind the “wasted” labor. I think of it as a palimpsest; the secret, hidden previous versions add mystery!