In Seeing, the Eye Disappears

In Seeing, the Eye Disappears

This is a series of acrylic paintings on gessoed masonite panels, all based on the same pencil and acrylic drawing of a skull (also part of this collection).  The series is shown in a grid or a line of closely spaced panels.

The title points to the fact that if we're really perceiving something, the organ of perception disappears.  This is a remarkable fact about the human senses, and something worth pondering: when the senses do their job, they are invisible.  One doesn't sense the eye when seeing, nor the ear when hearing.  Instead, one senses the object of perception, the color or the sound.

Based on this observation, I pose another question.  In creating, can the "I" be just as selfless?  If so, this points to the dissolution of separateness between I and world to some degree.  That's why, in some of these panels, the visual field penetrates right into the skull itself.