iRa debuted at Maker Faire
and is now hitting the market. Contact Debbie Moore for details.
The eye in Egyptian mythology is an agent of action, wrath and protection. Inspired by these characteristics, iRa was birthed as the round mirror of the pupil was laid on cement board. It evolved into a modern representation of the Eye of Ra designed to make the viewer a part of the mosaic, reflecting their image back to them.
iRa aims to facilitate contemplation on the idea of constantly being observed or watched, creating space for feelings of discomfort and insecurity. A computerized iris focusing on the viewer surrounds the pupil highlighting the ubiquitous presence of technology in our lives.
Is technology advantageous, or is it aggressive? Does it keep us connected or does it separate us? Is it convenience or an addiction? What are its consequences?
This one of a kind piece, 5 years in the making, evolved through innate passion presenting challenges along the way. Cutting stone was a diligent, rhythmic, contemplative exercise. The piece came to incorporate glass, wood, and copper adding literal weight to its final constitution.
The Eye of Ra is an iconic image found in the hieroglyphs of ancient Egyptian temples and mythology. Horus is God of the sky. His right eye, Ra, is the fierce energy of protection and all things feminine. The machinery of technology surrounds the pupil of Horus’ right eye bringing into focus the viewer. The viewer’s reflection is essential.
Who is observing whom?
Special thanks to Teresa Hoffman (assistant), Bob Ruland (Frame Guild – Wyomissing PA), Raphael B. O’Brien (Jeweler), Andrew Skrzenski (copper), Tim Doc, John Dodge and David Serrahima (Phaestium Works), William Tanksley (photographer), Julie Mattern (website).
“It takes a village – thank you everybody”