Broken Eyes

wood sculpture, November 2014

This was an assignment from my first-year sculpture class, our medium: alder wood.

The sculpture needed to be based on an object we were familiar with in our daily lives (selected and then abstracted). After much thought, I decided to pick glasses. As I thought of ways to creatively manipulate glasses, I recalled a sentence I came across on the internet over a year ago: "I like how glasses suggest intelligence instead of broken eyes." Upon the reflection of this statement, I thought the twisted humour in creating glasses that, when wearing, would break the observer's eyes would be interesting, yet hilarious in creating a counterproductive object. The soft texture of the wood really welcomes the viewer to interact with the sculpture and naturally feel an inclination to put the glasses on. However, they cannot due to the hook and this begins the push and pull process that keeps drawing the viewer in. This common day object quickly became somewhat lethal upon selecting a method of breaking one's eyes (the hook).

These glasses are true to the scale of real glasses. In an gallery-type setting, I would love to hang the pair of glasses from the ceiling with an invisible thread about 5 feet above the ground, at the average person's eye-level.  


Emily May
Broken Eyes 
November 2014.


(**Jake Hill, my instructor, asked me if he could keep these glasses. So, they currently belong to his personal collection of Student Work to use as an example for future students.)