Ocular Exhaustion

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Ocular Exhaustion by Edie Cohen

Artist’s Statement: My piece is about observation. Observing the world deeply has given me a wider sense of not only how I see myself in the world, but how other people are feeling internally. Using acrylic paint, I created a self-portrait of myself in blue, representing the sadness I feel when observing the world too deeply. The spirals in my eyes reveal how draining it is to observe, and similarly, the eye bags represent the tiredness of life. Ultimately, I created this piece to allow others to understand the powers of observation and how it can affect the way we interact with the world.
Edie Cohen is a member of the class of 2024 at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California. Edie is passionate about art history and visual arts, and she loves her dogs and spending time with her family and friends.