The Eye Idols series draws back its inspiration to unique mysterious figurines with enormous eyes. Hundreds of these figurines were found in a monumental building known as the ‘Eye Temple’ in Tell Brak, North-eastern Syria. Although they date back to circa 3200 BC, Eye Idols look remarkably modern. Several interpretations are related to these idols: votive gifts, amulets connected with the evil’s eye belief or linked to a deity, as it was believed that wide eyes demonstrate attentiveness to the gods.
I was attracted by those figurines for their mystery and symbolism, but also saw in them the silent witnesses of our troubled times, as Tell Brak’s region was looted and destroyed by Isis during the ongoing Syrian civil war.
Sculptures from the Eye Idols series are a Limited edition especially created for the boutiques of the National Museum of Beirut and the AUB Archeology museum.