The Eye in the Hand

White Tara, Dharmapala Thangka Centre

The hands want to see, the eyes want to caress.

–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The dancer has his ear in his toes.

–Friedrich Nietzsche

How would the painter or poet express anything other than his encounter with the world?

–Maurice Merleau-Ponty

These quotes are included in The Eyes of the Skin, by Juhani Pallasmaa. And the eye in Tara’s hand has always intrigued me.

Note: I am in New York for a few days. I have queued up a few small-scale directionals, gentle proddings that shift the way to view the familiar.

2 Replies to “The Eye in the Hand”

  1. My only just celebrated his 22nd by having an eye-in-hand with tattooed on his back (joining a raven across his shoulders and three columns in Chinese of a poem). Quite something to see.

    Have a good time in New York. J. will be in Boston in mid-September; am thinking of coming along.

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