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Feingold Gallery: Eye in Eye Strengths

Feingold Gallery:
Eye in Eye Strengths



The design of this gallery is aimed at encouraging conversation involving both immediate and reflective thought, individual and collective. Rather than starting by reading comments of others, please first put your own immediate thoughts in the on-line forum below. This way, we'll all be able to see how much similarity and difference there is in our initial reactions and interpretations of the images. Then go back to see what others have said about this image and add whatever new thoughts you have as a result of that. More general thoughts about the collection of images and/or this exhibit as a whole are welcome in the on-line forum on the exhibit home page.



saward's picture

Eye in eye comment


Look through the eye to the window of the soul.

Michael's picture

Like the saying goes

What ever doesn't kill me, makes me stronger. From over coming adversity we gain strength and for a person suffering from mental illness there is no greater enemy than their own thoughts.

Serendip Visitor's picture

Eye in Eye Strengths

You are absolutely correct for mental illness sufferers "there is no greater enemy" than our own thoughts. I have BPD and PTSD and I think I finally found my strengths when I could no longer hide my illnesses.

Serendip Visitor's picture

eye in eye reaction

I see this as taking ownership of my "disability" which essentially means i am stronger for seeing myself through the eyes of the "normal" ones; for having the courage to apply my drawbacks to the social norm, which is a task requiring strength, and which I believe most "normal" people never really feel compelled to do.

Serendip Visitor's picture

eye in the eye

Waking up and really seeing yourself for the first time.

hether's picture


"EYE see ME"

Anonymous's picture

Eye in the Eye

Reading between the, reading beyond what is obvious...

Hiren Patel's picture

feeling like ghost in me

the picture put me that there is someone a ghost inside my mind controlling my eyes

thush's picture

look within u then u can

look within u then u can duscover urself.

Joanie's picture

The inner eye is the real

The inner eye is the real person that is looking thru the eye of an unknown substance that the world sees not being aware that the true life lives locked up inside wanting to be free. This is my world everyday

Anonymous's picture

There is more

Look a little deeper and find that there is always more - even the smaller part of me is valid, has a voice and sees just as much

Stevgo's picture

Eyes directed inwards

Eyes are for seeing outwards. Concern about one's disabilities and how others perceive them usually direct the eye inwards. The inward pointing eye cannot see what others perceive - but see reality; whether one likes it or not. In some cases the inward eye sees only what it wants to see, or creates a non-real image of that perception. Understanding that one's disabilities are part of one's strength may indeed take time and exercise in perception - but inevitably this realization becomes the reality. It did with me.

Anonymous's picture

Seeing the eye within the

Seeing the eye within the eye brings me to inner thoughs and learning or discovering who you might be. Fiding your strengths and weeknesses. Looking at every aspect of you inner self. The way you think and why you think this way as well as your heart and your emotions trying to peace it all together. Looking at all mental aspects and trying put it all together to understand yourself better. Maybe fixing things along the way. That is what i think when look at the inner eye now the outer one i get the sense of blindness and misunderstanding. Failing to see the truth which leads up to all the inner soul searching.

jrlewis's picture

Mirrors and reflection. 

Mirrors and reflection.  Playing with the relationship between parts and the whole.
Martin's picture

Makes me think of a

Makes me think of a successful manic person who has become famous/infamous for their work/misdeeds
ryan g's picture

My favorite.  Maybe

My favorite.  Maybe socially defined "disabililties" aren't disabilities at all...
akerle's picture

When any part of yourself is

When any part of yourself is hidden or unacknowledged the whole self is limited in every way. Self acceptance means not only acknowledging the less desirable parts but also allowing every aspect of the self to realise its full potential.
mstokes's picture

Strength emerges from

Strength emerges from disability, disability from strength.
kmanning's picture

One and the same?

Part of recognizing and admitting one's disabilities is that it simultaneously helps one recognize and share one's strengths. Perhaps they can also be one and the same.
Sophie F's picture

The dawning of a new

The dawning of a new perspective of self and the world, and an acceptance of one's strengths and weaknesses. The road to a unified self.
ysilverman's picture

When we open ourselves up,

When we open ourselves up, share the "bad" with the world, we are more able to share the good too. Suddenly, we can be whole, and truly allow others to see the full, robust people we are.
Riki's picture

Waking up and really seeing

Waking up and really seeing yourself for the first time.
Laura Cyckowski's picture

This image raises the

This image raises the concept of self-image to me. Is who we see ourselves on the inside/in our eyes to be who we "really" are? How is the perception of self influenced, or distorted, by our environment, our culture, our experiences, our own self? Who gets to define disabilities and strengths?
Paul Grobstein's picture

Eye in eye comment

Yep, what one does less well can be the source as well of what one does better. A new eye, through which to see the world ... and by seen by it. Encouraging direction for further thought.
Paul Grobstein's picture

Eye in eye comment

(posted for a friend)

Always seeing from two viewpoints.

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