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All Eyes represent me as a child. I never had toys as a child. My family was very poor. We escaped from Cuba to come to the United States for a better life. I was showered with gifts when we arrived. To this day, letting go of toys is a big emotional task. Though out the years, I have kept a lot of my toys. They all have a sentimental value to me. The part of my childhood that I never could afford.

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Comment by Resident Curator on January 30, 2015 at 10:53pm

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All Eyes is a gorgeous image. At first glance the deep pink and orange hues convey a fairytale environment; part fantasy, part fetish.  The obsessive texture and lines of all of the toys provide an engrossing hideaway for the small child enveloped in their midst. Formally the repetition of the paper rectangles on the walls echo the repeated square shapes of the books and bed quilt, providing a wavering grid within the frenzy of picture frame.  But the warm color palette also unifies the scene, and suggests a lavish display of ordinary things. I recognize and value the personal statement that you included with the picture, giving us context for the pieces autobiographical origin.  The photograph communicates this question of excess immediately, but offers other clues that could be viewed as virtue or vice.  While disheveled, the bookcase is stuffed with reading material, and the child himself appears to be seeking out information literally under cover.  The viewer may also interpret the laptop as yet another form of fantasy or escape, or view it as a doorway out of the hedonistic and pleasure driven world.  I also find it fitting that you included hoarding as a tag for the image.  As with most compulsions, the urge to collect and amass is natural instinct gone awry. We are attracted to the garish display, just as we are repulsed.  But we feel connected to the scene, and can’t look away.

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