Posts Tagged ‘magic eye’

Of Meme & Metaphor

October 19, 2011

Since the Magic Eye Gallery went live recently, I’ve been thinking about this site as a virtual/visual metaphor of who I am, an offering that may generate more questions than it answers. This morning, as I worked through the exercises that are part of my recovery from rotator cuff surgery last week, I inexplicably flashed on the image of a crossword puzzle with its labyrinthine clues and negative pathways. For puzzle fans it’s a mind flirt, an irresistible literal challenge to be solved, but where my work in concerned, perhaps it’s something less literal and more memetic…

A crossword puzzle is like a map of metaphoric memes calling forth the thoughts, experiences and behaviors that we share and which to some extent characterize our lives. We are given clues to help us discover who we are, who we might have been and who or what we may yet become, but the mysteries that are in the dark spaces between the grids will never be revealed. What if we imagine that God is concealed there in each of us…?

Review & Preview:The Magic Eye Gallery!

October 3, 2011

“Your house is your larger body. It grows in the sun and sleeps in the stillness of the night; and it is not dreamless. Does not your house dream?”   -Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

I have always remembered that quotation and have taken it both figuratively and literally; particularly this past summer. As our house was being cleaned, painted and updated, I was compelled to take stock of my studio, the overstuffed repository of my 40+ year career as an illustrator, artist and writer. Which is not to say I am retiring (Heaven forbid!); just re-setting my stage for future developments. So, I am excited to announce that I now have a new web presence: Ilene Winn-Lederer’s Magic Eye Gallery! Here you will find many original prints, paintings and drawings, both framed and unframed that can be purchased via PayPal and shipped anywhere in the US and Canada. International shipping arrangement are in progress and will be available soon.  The link is: I look forward to your comments and questions!