I’m still at the table, and The Eye of the Beholder is resting against the back of the sofa, at right angles from where I sit. So, I have a clear view of the tapestry.
Looking at it, I don’t know how it makes me feel. A little part of me thinks it’s unnerving, but not really. Besides that, I’m not sure what I think.
With Thar Be Monsters Out Thar, I knew exactly what emotion I wanted to convey. Fear. Terror. Repulsion. Monsters was not meant to be comfortable. It’s not supposed to be cuddly and warm. It isn’t. None of that overpowering sense of emotional content was in mind when weaving The Eye of the Beholder, with the result that The Eye seems a bit distant, a bit detached.
This makes me think about what was indeed in my mind while weaving. The name of the tapestry itself, The Eye of the Beholder shouts “perspectival.” Perhaps, and I sincerely hope so, the look of the tapestry itself says that.
So, then, what each of us sees when we look at The Eye depends on what we bring to it.