Tower (2017)

This is my first project from Art 107, and coincidentally, also one of the first images I ever created using Photoshop. It is an edited photograph of a paper sculpture that had to support itself without any adhesive. Continue reading “Tower (2017)”

“The Wild Eyes of the Lady Ligeia”: The Underlying Horror of the Lover’s Gaze

Essay completed 20 September 2016

The eye is just as important to the Romantic movement as the heart. Romantic literature celebrates the external just as much as the internal through the outer beauty of the natural world. Edgar Allan Poe’s 1838 Gothic tale “Ligeia” reflects this Romantic celebration of the eye, vision being a pivotal subject of the tale. For the majority of the tale, the male protagonist observes two female characters, first Ligeia, then Rowena. The eye is a motif throughout, eye color being one of the primary characteristics by which the narrator describes the dark-eyed Ligeia and the blue-eyed Rowena. The narrator’s gaze dominates the majority of the tale; he begins by describing Ligeia and concludes by observing Rowena’s corpse. Continue reading ““The Wild Eyes of the Lady Ligeia”: The Underlying Horror of the Lover’s Gaze”