Cassandra Schramm

Eyes are our personality, our emotions, our pain, our happiness, our consciousness, our soul. They are what unites us, a commonality of the human experience.

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Cassandra Schramm

Artist - Educator -United States Marine - Veteran

My journey through art has been the most interesting, frustrating, and empowering part of my life. I have had many infatuations, but a forever-lingering subject matter of mine has been eyes. The EYE is an image that is so deeply rich in symbolism. EYES are said to be the windows to the soul. In Christianity it is a symbol of faith (representing the forever seeing eyes of God, the watchful caretaker), in Middle Eastern cultures it is a symbol of life and protection called the Hamsa . In India, the eye is known for the eye if Shiva, the possessor of all knowledge, which when opened will destroy anything it sees. Thus it is a symbol of knowledge which destroys evil and ignorance.

Though many cultures have their interpretations of what eyes mean, one thing can not be disputed, the eyes are an intriguing part of what it means to be human.

To maintain eye contact with another person, is a very vulnerable experience. This is a part of our everyday life, when we choose to let people in or keep them out. When we let down our guard and look into another’s eyes, we are opening up ourselves to them. Most of the time this becomes very intimidating, but at the same time, this is the point at which all of your pre-judgments about that person begin to fade . You start to see that person in a different light. You start to see them as a person, another human being that is part of the whole experience of life.

Eyes are our personality, our emotions, our pain, our happiness, our consciousness, our soul. They are what unites us, a commonality of the human experience.