An I for an Eye
The woman/tree unquestionably is crying out for help that will
never come. Her morphing, arborescent figure, faceless and in
shame, is reaching upward for sustenance while a torrent of tearful
eyes cascades about her, threatening to bury her in her own
psychosexual drift. Each eye, of course, represents not the optic
organ but rather the homophonic letter ``I’’, or ``Id,’’
that dark, inaccessible part of one’s personality that
subordinates reality to a childlike search for pleasure and
The tragedy depicted in this work is that the woman/tree knows
that help (redemption?) is beyond her reach, and her legs/roots
meander aimlessly atop a barren landscape, grounded in nothingness.
She needs water but receives only salt from an unending well of sorrow.
Interpretation by Steve Herman, Indianapolis