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The eyes as art - showing our uniqueness and creativity .

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About the artist

Ellen Martorelli began taking pictures of eyes at the Fremont Market in Seattle in 1992. Since then, over 5,000 people from around the world have received pictures of their eyes as art. “It all began when a friend invited me to a lecture featuring slides of the human iris as a blueprint to personality. I had never seen eyes so closely before! As a visual artist and sign painter, I found myself gazing in awe at the intricate detail and variety in each eye – and was deeply moved. That weekend a seed was planted in my mind… the idea of the eye as a ‘work of art’…” Her photos have been displayed at the “VISION” Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center and are currently part of the Nocturnal Exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo. They were spotlighted in the Tacoma News Tribune and Seattle Magazine. She has also appeared on the popular northwest TV program “Evening Magazine”. Recently Ellen has been combining Hubble telescope images with iris photos, creating artwork that weaves our uniqueness with our connectivity.


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