Lover’s Eye, Wax Sculpture by Heather O’shaughnessy

Lover’s Eye, Wax Sculpture by Heather O’shaughnessy

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Eye miniatures or Lovers' eyes were Georgian miniatures, usually watercolour on ivory, depicting the eye or eyes of a spouse, loved one or child. These were usually commissioned for sentimental reasons, and were often worn as bracelets, brooches, pendants or rings with richly decorated frames, serving the same emotional need as lockets holding full portraits or locks of hair. Popular in the late 18th and early 19th century, they are thought to trace back to a token of love in the form of a miniature sent by the Prince of Wales--the future George IV of England--to his twice-widowed, forbidden love Maria Fitzherbert. This started something of a trend, and lovers would exchange these delicate miniatures as tokens of discrete and passionate affection.

These "Lover's Eye" wall hangings are part of a limited edition collection by artist Heather O'Shaughnessy. Made of beeswax, they are cast from a hand made mold taken from one of her original sculptures, hand painted with oil paints, and framed in a layer of wax dipped lace (two layers for the large ones) and gold metallic trim, and are afixed with a string on the back for hanging.

Heather O’Shaughnessy is an American artist currently residing in Saint Louis Missouri. She works across disciplines as a sculptor, illustrator and ceramic artist and spent the last 5 years teaching ceramic sculpture on the Hawaiian islands. She works primarily in porcelain and wax and regularly participates in exhibitions throughout the United States. She developed her process with wax through trial and error, an endeavor which involves sculpting, mold making, casting, carving and painting, and shares this technique with others through wax-focused workshops. She periodically releases collections of miniature wax sculptures in limited edition.

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