Perspectacles

Perspectacles = perspective + spectacles

Perspectacles are mixed media sculptures the size and shape of eyeglasses. As I create and photograph them, I explore renewal of the ways we see, offering a place to reflect and find deeper understanding of ourselves and each other. The work offers an invitation to see beyond what has been.

See the journal with artistic photography of the Perspectacles and plenty of room for writing and reflection.

Prints available upon request. INQUIRE>

Fearless   Real joy is exuberantly fearless.  6″x6″x4″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, paper, wire   ©2014 Wendy Lew Toda

Fearless

Real joy is exuberantly fearless.

6″x6″x4″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, paper, wire

©2014 Wendy Lew Toda

Peanut Moment   Sometimes what is truly important becomes clear in a single moment. Inspired by a friend’s new commitment to family after her grandson’s close call with a peanut.  2″x2″x1″, mixed media: peanut, wire   ©2014 Wendy Lew Toda

Peanut Moment

Sometimes what is truly important becomes clear in a single moment. Inspired by a friend’s new commitment to family after her grandson’s close call with a peanut.

2″x2″x1″, mixed media: peanut, wire

©2014 Wendy Lew Toda

Light   Where do you need it?  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paper, LED lights   ©2014 Wendy Lew Toda

Light

Where do you need it?

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paper, LED lights

©2014 Wendy Lew Toda

Through   The way through is not always what we think it will be.  6″x6″3″, mixed media: paper, ink, acrylic paint, thread   ©2014 Wendy Lew Toda

Through

The way through is not always what we think it will be.

6″x6″3″, mixed media: paper, ink, acrylic paint, thread

©2014 Wendy Lew Toda

With Us   Compassion weeps with us when we weep. This was made for a friend mourning the loss of her brother.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: Kleenex, recycled eyeglass frames   ©2012 Wendy Lew Toda

With Us

Compassion weeps with us when we weep. This was made for a friend mourning the loss of her brother.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: Kleenex, recycled eyeglass frames

©2012 Wendy Lew Toda

What a Gift!   There are so many gifts to discover in life and in others.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: wood, paper, string   ©2012 Wendy Lew Toda

What a Gift!

There are so many gifts to discover in life and in others.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: wood, paper, string

©2012 Wendy Lew Toda

Never Know When   Life around a short temper can be tense and unpredictably explosive. Note the piece of sandpaper over the nose.  6″x6″3″, mixed media: matches, sandpaper   ©2012 Wendy Lew Toda

Never Know When

Life around a short temper can be tense and unpredictably explosive. Note the piece of sandpaper over the nose.

6″x6″3″, mixed media: matches, sandpaper

©2012 Wendy Lew Toda

Gratitude   What are you grateful for today?  These Perspectacles are built on 3-D movie glasses - because seeing with eyes of thankfulness can take us to a different dimension.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: 3-D movie glasses, paper, ribbons   ©2012 Wendy Lew Toda

Gratitude

What are you grateful for today?

These Perspectacles are built on 3-D movie glasses - because seeing with eyes of thankfulness can take us to a different dimension.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: 3-D movie glasses, paper, ribbons

©2012 Wendy Lew Toda

Gratitude  (interior view)

Gratitude (interior view)

Enough Winter   Where is it time for you to bloom?  6″x6″x2″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, paper, thread   ©2012 Wendy Lew Toda

Enough Winter

Where is it time for you to bloom?

6″x6″x2″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, paper, thread

©2012 Wendy Lew Toda

Better Tiptoe   Where do you need to walk carefully?  5″x5″x2″, mixed media: eggshells, wire   ©2012 Wendy Lew Toda

Better Tiptoe

Where do you need to walk carefully?

5″x5″x2″, mixed media: eggshells, wire

©2012 Wendy Lew Toda

Viriditas   Creativity has its own life-giving way of bursting forth.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, hand-painted textile, nail polish, wire   ©2011 Wendy Lew Toda

Viriditas

Creativity has its own life-giving way of bursting forth.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, hand-painted textile, nail polish, wire

©2011 Wendy Lew Toda

Missing You   What happens when a life goes uninhabited?  6″x5″x3″, medium: fused and coldworked kiln glass   ©2011 Wendy Lew Toda

Missing You

What happens when a life goes uninhabited?

6″x5″x3″, medium: fused and coldworked kiln glass

©2011 Wendy Lew Toda

Missing You  (interior view)

Missing You (interior view)

Back Off   How do you make sure people don’t get too close?  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, toothpicks, thread   ©2011 Wendy Lew Toda

Back Off

How do you make sure people don’t get too close?

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, toothpicks, thread

©2011 Wendy Lew Toda

Barricade   We can always choose not to see what is right in front of us. What happens when we do that for a long time?  6″x6″x2″, mixed media: wire, wood, paint   ©2010 Wendy Lew Toda

Barricade

We can always choose not to see what is right in front of us. What happens when we do that for a long time?

6″x6″x2″, mixed media: wire, wood, paint

©2010 Wendy Lew Toda

A Good Repair   Reconciliation is a fragile, brave, and often messy process.  An argument begins on the ends of both earpieces, slowly progressing towards a good repair – a reconciliation – in the middle.  6″x6″x2″, mixed media: two different halves of different recycled eyeglass frames, thread, paper, conversational prose   ©2010 Wendy Lew Toda

A Good Repair

Reconciliation is a fragile, brave, and often messy process.

An argument begins on the ends of both earpieces, slowly progressing towards a good repair – a reconciliation – in the middle.

6″x6″x2″, mixed media: two different halves of different recycled eyeglass frames, thread, paper, conversational prose

©2010 Wendy Lew Toda

A Good Repair  (detail)

A Good Repair (detail)

Sorrow   Each tear is beautiful, even when we feel barely stitched together and it’s hard to stand tall.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: Fused and slumped glass, rhinestone nail accents   ©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

Sorrow

Each tear is beautiful, even when we feel barely stitched together and it’s hard to stand tall.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: Fused and slumped glass, rhinestone nail accents

©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

Rain on That Parade   What cloud do you need to get out from under?  mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paper collage, paint, foam, glass beads, thread   ©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

Rain on That Parade

What cloud do you need to get out from under?

mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paper collage, paint, foam, glass beads, thread

©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

Rain on That Parade  (interior view)

Rain on That Parade (interior view)

I Want That   Envy undermines our contentment.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, wire, bamboo, plastic   ©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

I Want That

Envy undermines our contentment.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, paint, wire, bamboo, plastic

©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

I Want That  (side view)

I Want That (side view)

In a Bubble   Isolating ourselves from pain only leaves us lonely and unknown.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: Recycled eyeglass frames, inks, bubble wrap over collage of  monologue    ©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

In a Bubble

Isolating ourselves from pain only leaves us lonely and unknown.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: Recycled eyeglass frames, inks, bubble wrap over collage of monologue

©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

In a Bubble  (detail)

In a Bubble (detail)

Happy Day   Joy is an intentional awareness.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: polymer clay, paint, paper, wire, pompom   ©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

Happy Day

Joy is an intentional awareness.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: polymer clay, paint, paper, wire, pompom

©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

Happy Day  (side view)

Happy Day (side view)

Huh?   Confusion can settle into the mind like an obscuring fog.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: batting, paper, paint,  poetry    ©2009 Wendy Lew Toda    This poem is woven through the Perspectacle, partially obscured.

Huh?

Confusion can settle into the mind like an obscuring fog.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: batting, paper, paint, poetry

©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

This poem is woven through the Perspectacle, partially obscured.

Huh?  (side view)

Huh? (side view)

Are We There Yet?   Waiting can feel like a prison, especially in our culture of instant everything.  6″x6″x2″, mixed media: polymer clay, pencil, glass   ©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

Are We There Yet?

Waiting can feel like a prison, especially in our culture of instant everything.

6″x6″x2″, mixed media: polymer clay, pencil, glass

©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

Are We There Yet?  (interior view)

Are We There Yet? (interior view)

Afraid   How do you see the world when you are scared?  6″x6″x2″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, glass, collaged paper images of an ice cap in Peru.   ©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

Afraid

How do you see the world when you are scared?

6″x6″x2″, mixed media: recycled eyeglass frames, glass, collaged paper images of an ice cap in Peru.

©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

Me Me Me   Our selfishness is more obvious than we realize.  6″x6″x3″, mixed media: copper wire, mirrors, paper collage   ©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

Me Me Me

Our selfishness is more obvious than we realize.

6″x6″x3″, mixed media: copper wire, mirrors, paper collage

©2009 Wendy Lew Toda

Me Me Me  (interior view)

Me Me Me (interior view)

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