Miter saw, Perception….etc.

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception”.  – Aldous Huxley

I finally bought a miter saw; thought it was more practical to learn how to make my own constructions.

So far, so good; and I am happy to report that I still have my fingers.

You might wonder what I am making with this brand new shiny, spectacular, orange miter saw ( and by miter saw I mean a fancy SLIDING miter saw)?

I’m making frames……..


Lauren A. Toomer In Progress Sept. 2016
Lauren A. Toomer
In Progress

Check back to see the finished piece! This painting and my other drawings will be on view at Black Crown Gallery, September 23rd – October 29th, 2016. The piece should be finished… by then, haha, I pray.

Lauren A. Toomer Detail of Absent in the Body, 2016 Oil on panel
Lauren A. Toomer
Detail of Absent from the Body, 2016
Oil on panel
Lauren A. Toomer Detail of Scene Data (John Doe), 2016 Graphite on paper
Lauren A. Toomer
Detail of Scene Data (John Doe), 2016
Graphite on paper
45” x 77”

I feel compelled to create art about the body — about people. Consequently, perception also amuses me; as humans, we are helpless in preventing our minds from drawing conclusions from limited information.

We often think that we are perceiving the full picture, but our lovely mind (to the best of its ability) are working to make believable connections, by comparing, contrasting, assuming, filling in the blank space with fillers that seem to fit, etc. Seemingly perception is like a puzzle, your mind tries to make things connect; you try to make a picture.

For example, let us say we are putting a jigsaw puzzle together of the ubiquitous Mona Lisa by the spectacular Da Vinci. Furthermore, let us say that something goes awry (unbeknownst to you of course ) and you begin to jam pieces where they “kind of” fit. Unsurprisingly, the result would be an incomplete puzzle that resemblesdPicasso’s, Weeping Woman  and not Madame Mona Lisa.

LEONARDO DA VINCI Mona Lisa c. 1503–19
Mona Lisa
c. 1503–19

Picasso Weeping Woman c.1937
Picasso Weeping Woman c.1937


However, all of you reading this are probably savvy. Surely, you will arrive at a finished and believable silhouette (e.g. nose above lips, phalanges side by side). Yet, even with your skillfulness, the puzzle remains an  incomplete image.


Well, there are many seams running through Mona Lisa’s sly smile and lushes locks.


It is important to note that like a puzzle, humans never see the entirety of a thing or any object. Indeed, we cannot see all parts or sides of an object at once. Art and artifacts scholar David Rudd stated that: 

Even with an apple you’ve turned over in your hands, you can’t be sure whether it’s fresh or rotten in the core until you bite or cut it apart. Humans live and learn in an environment where information is always obscured or otherwise hidden from view(Rudd, Perceiving, but not seeing whole).

Although these thoughts happily race through my mind, in the end, my favorite moments are when theory and rhetoric fall by the wayside; I am present with the experience and not the examination of it. On that note, take time to notice (appreciate) the beauty in cracks and fragments; it’s closer to our reality, right?! Maybe the Mona Lisa puzzle above is a complete image. I guess it’s a matter of perspective, eh?

Lauren A. T