Wednesday, 30 December 2015

pour ne rien effacer
























Last one of the year at Brussels Tattoo Convention.  Depicting Jean and Sandrine's 20 years in love in this beautiful poem they wrote:

Quand le bruit est trop fort, quand leurs enfants leur grimpent sur les genoux, dans les bras et sur la tête Jean et Sandrine tournent le regard vers leur jardin, cadran des saisons qui passent, et ils soupèsent la chair de leur bonheur - quand la journée a été longue, que le travail a exigé plus que son dû, l’esprit de Jean et Sandrine plonge dans la mousse délicate d’une forêt, survole les cormorans accrochés aux falaises, écoute le froufrou d’un ruisseau qui serpente et ils soupèsent leurs cris et les retiennent. Alors comme ils fatiguent parfois, comme la tristesse d’une maladie les égratigne un peu, ils aimeront se passer la main sur le bras : ils souriront intérieurement en efleurant des doigts le trait secret qui les unit. Pulpe contre pulpe. Il se souviendront s’être douché en chuchotant à la nuit tombée, ils sentiront sous leur pieds le roulis des cailloux du chemin qui mène à leur campement. Les oiseaux bruissaient, les enfants dormaient et leur souffle à tous emplissait la tente comme une prière et au matin quand la meadow sembla n’être sortie de terre que pour eux, cadeau sans retour, ils soupesèrent leur vie et ils rirent , doucement pour ne rien effacer.

Jean and Sandrine together- sorry for the bad pic!




 

refugees welcome

Thank you to all those who purchased our Distant Homeland print and enabled us to deliver educational materials to this refugee camp in Vienna at Christmas time, as well as donations to important humanitarian organisations in Calais, Greece and Syria. Such a wonderful experience to interact with these beautiful, innocent children.  Let 2016 remind us that all humans are equal, and important, and are entitled to live in safety, dignity and happiness.

still a few available on our online shop : www.expandedeye.bigcartel.com 















Tuesday, 22 December 2015

mother, mother

Depicting the tale of a Turkish journalist who, after falling in love with an Austrian woman and deciding she could not live without her, abandoned her life in Turkey where same-sex marriage is illegal to be with the one she loves. This happily married couple have now just given birth to their first born child and we wish them all the best as they begin their journey of motherhood together.



Saturday, 28 November 2015

Distant Homeland

'Distant Homeland'

3 colour A3 handpulled screenprint, as part of our upcoming exhibition 'Beyond this Place' at AdhocPad, Vienna, February 2016

Culminating our residency here in Vienna, the show will depict the current refugee crisis - a profoundly important issue that has compelled us to create this body of work.

In the lead up to this we are pre-releasing the above limited edition print with 100% of sales going to direct aid for Syrian refugees and those who remain in their homeland in desperate need of help.

available in our online shop : http://expandedeye.bigcartel.com/product/distant-homeland







Wednesday, 18 November 2015

YES_SYR - A Marathon Performance














































Last week we participated in the Yes-Syr- A Marathon Performace at Jan Arnold Gallery, Museums Quartier Vienna where Syrian artist Osama-El-Siamant and his collective produced euro bills for six hours per day, seven days a week to highlight the the economic relationships of power, dependence and exploitation. In a painfully subversive way they visualise the dilemma of labour bans the refugees must endure in receiving countries, the red tape and xenophobia that prevents them from starting a new life in spite of all they have suffered.

The bills can be purchased for nominal value with all proceeds going to humanitarian organisations providing unbureaucratic direct aid to refugees and internally displaced persons.
please see more at www.janarnoldgallery.com and http://yes-syr.tumblr.com/

Through this powerful performance, the audience can connect and integrate with he artists on a personal level. Thanks to all the wonderful humans involved, we are proud to be a part of it.
  Our works and many others can be purchased via the links above.
































Wednesday, 7 October 2015

la dolce vita

La Dolce Vita expresses the wonderful life amongst plants and trees that woodland dwelling botanist Gavin has created for his family. Inspired by his love of the Vienna Secessionist art Period, we encapsulated his passions and talismans - poetry, wildflowers, the self-sufficiency of his permaculture garden and Goldfinches that carry the souls of lost loved ones.


'the love we give out is stronger than our own being. It makes me think of my Grandmother who I lost when I was a teenager, what survives of her is the love of plants that she engendered into me.  By the same token, the things that I have poured my love into will be the things that live after me; the trees I have nurtured and planted, and my two year old daughter Vita.'

What will survive of us is love.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

unison

"I thrive best hermit style,
With a beard and a pipe,
And a parrot on each side,
But now...
I can't do this without you"

Taken form Björk's beautiful Unison

The lyrics represent a touching journey from childhood loss and trauma and the process of recovery; from introspective anguish through to the gratitude and positivity of today, whilst still feeling as though the intensity of pure joy and pure sorrow make them very close emotions and that we are always in a fragile state.



Tuesday, 30 June 2015

human universe
























In 2012 neuroscientist Sally sold all of her belongings and left everything she knew and loved  in Florida to move to England to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. Specialising in the hippocampus and its role in memory and navigation, one of the cell types focussed on are grid cells which play a major role in these abilities. Her future research will be on how these cells are affected by disease, such as Alzheimer's, and how to repair the damage and restore function through neurogenesis. Inspired by her youth of growing up near the Kennedy Space Centre, Sally kept her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, now planning to further her research on our ability to orient ourselves and navigate through a place where gravity is absent, land marks are few and far between,  and cardinal directions (as we know them) don't really apply and how this could effect long distance space travel.


Sunday, 14 June 2015

boundless perspective

Seaman Yiannis told us of the hardships and heartache endured whilst out to sea.

One day however, as his vessel was anchored outside the port of Valencia, he saw the whole city covered in fireworks. Watching the city burst into colour from a vessel 8 miles out to sea, brought the realisation that not a single person at that moment was either looking, thinking or even aware of their existence out there. That was the moment he gained a whole new perspective.

"Every single thing in this life can be seen, observed, thought, examined from infinite angles and points of view. Even if it is an object, a sight, a story, a person, an idea, the life itself. The world we live in has about 7 billion different realities, each for every person, each with its own colours and each as equal. Everything is relative."


This is Yiannis' philosophy of life and will serve as a reminder of his inner strength during his next voyage.


Boundless Perspective © Expanded Eye 2015

Friday, 24 April 2015

puppet politicians

New paste ups ahead of the UK general election depicting our corrupt political system and the illusion of democratic choice.

Don't believe the hype. Wake up. Vote green

Brick Lane/ Hackney/ Old Street - London






 








Thursday, 9 April 2015

the evolving self

As cognitive scientist Lennart tries to come to a better understanding of the processes behind perception and action as part of his evolving love for his field of study, his other passion - an obsession with movement, circus and especially juggling, has led him to the following discovery.

"The realisation that everyone has a set of more or less fixed personalities that constantly evolve has made it possible to attach less and less to a fixed concept of myself.
But rather play/ juggle different versions of myself without identifying too much. Suffering seems to me is exactly a strong identification with a specific personality or aspect thereof and therefore the inability to let yourself change and evolve. The stronger your identification is the less flexible you are in your approach to life. "
























By following Lenny's advice, we can free our minds not only from suffering, but also illusions of identity such as ethnocentricism and identification with one's possessions. Only then can we reduce the oppression, exploitation and inequality that are woven into the fabric of society.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Ayahuasca - The Spirit Vine

'Ayahuasca - The Spirit Vine'



















Good vs evil and the sacred voyage. The White Elephant Studio, London.

grow the future

This is the first of our new series of street art to emphasise the importance of reconnecting with our natural environment.

For the first time in humanity’s history, more people live in urban settlements than rurally. Cities and towns occupy less than two percent of the earth’s surface, but use more than 75 percent of its resources, with London being the largest urban zone in Europe - the perfect location for this project.




Made completely from reclaimed materials, and absolutely nothing cut to size - this is our organic evolutionary process. Highlighting the desperately needed synergy between our rural-urban environment, inspired by the Rural Urban Synthesis Society, we put this first piece up next to the canal in Hackney Wick, London.

 





















 





















 














A human reconnection to nature is crucial to ensure a sustainable future. We all have a part to play.

Monday, 30 March 2015

La Veine Graphique Volume 2

Proud to be part of the second volume of La Veine Graphique amongst so many amazing artists,  documenting the evolution of contemporary tattoo art.
Big thanks to Noire Meduse. Now available here - http://www.noire-meduse.com/



Sunday, 29 March 2015

light behind the lens

Depicting the love and loss of a best friend and talented photographer.





 



















Following the darkest years of sadness after Jill's sudden passing, Aimee began to have dreams of seeing and speaking to her beloved friend, who would assure her that everything was ok.

This piece represents Jill's influence and celebrates the fact that she will always be a part of Aimee's life.  Thoughts are now happy memories that she will keep forever close to her.

 There has been a trust set up to commemorate Jill's name and support young photographers which you can view and support here: www.Jilltoddphotoaward.com

Saturday, 28 March 2015

lucid love

Visualising the beauty and intensity of the dream world. Read Evan's fascinating account below:

























"It's about an average man, who lives an average life. He has no wife and no kids. But one day he lies in his bed and falls asleep, he finds himself in a completely different world far more beautiful then anything he has ever seen. He soon figures out that he can somehow control his surroundings and even travel through time. Absolutely stunned from the worlds beauty, he starts to travel all around the world and is just enjoying the prettiness of his surroundings.
The next day he wakes up in his ugly and gray world..believing that it was all just some kind of a lucid dream. He goes to work and does his daily chores, realizing how beautiful it was in his dream. The next evening as he goes to bed, he wakes to find himself in exactly the same world he was in the last time. Overflowing with joy, he starts to run around and breath the fresh air, which seemed to be absolutely free from all the exhaust that was in his native land. In his travels, he meets a girl so pretty and endearing he falls in love at first sight. He promises her that they will explore the world together, so they start to travel around. On their journey, he fell in love with her more and more. It felt so real to him that he began to believe that it was real and with that, came the great disappointment he woke up and realized that it wasn't reality. 

The following evening,

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

to see the world

This piece is a first for us. A story told through the eyes of another. 

We first illustrated Illias' story last March, depicting his emotions following the love and loss of the man he greatly looked up to - his father. This year Illias informed us that his younger sister and sole sibling, Enya, wished to tell her story.

When we received Enya's heartfelt letter, it was so natural and necessary for us to create this for her. Her poetic words spoke of the good days; when she is proud of her brother,  proud of herself - feeling strong, wise and experienced. 
In contrast to the bad days - falling out of the tree into the darkness of the night that surrounds her,  unable to swim against the sea that engulfs her. Quoting Illias' use of 'waldeinsamkeit', she spoke of a moon shining very brightly between the stars. 'But when the lonely hours strike me, the moon is gone. Sometimes so quickly that I’m still blinded by looking to it I cannot even see the stars anymore.'

Relating to a line from a song she holds dear - I climbed a tree to see the world(To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra),  Enya found her way up that tree after all that she has been through, able to enjoy the breathtaking views that make her realise that the world and life are still beautiful.

With her precious jewelery box of memories, Enya wishes to choose her own path like a bird flying through the sky, with her tattoo as her moon, guiding her through those dark nights.






































Illias Teirlinck, 2015

Illias Teirlinck, 2015




 



























Illias travelled to London with Enya from Belgium, capturing the whole experience wonderfully through the lens for De Morgen newspaper.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

feminine strength and the fluidity of gender

The White Elephant Studio, London, 2015

retrospect

Remembering the love and greatness of a mother and father's artistic and musical ability.
The White Elephant Studio, London, 2015