Ex Libris: Di's Eyes: The Rich are Different
DescriptionShe had remarkable eyes. Clear powder blue with a touch of melancholy. They were not quite innocent yet not piercingly knowing or wise.
To the public, Diana Princess of Wales, was a princess of the fairy tale variety, the object of every projection, male and female alike. In private she was a tortured soul struggling with many demons. Her public life was a constant round of duty and paparazzi.
She became the spokeswoman for the movement to ban landmines. There is a classic photo of her with a black African child whose one leg had been blown off by a leftover land mine. Hounded and abused by the press and the royal family, it seemed only a matter of time before she would be driven to self-destruction.
Despite her privileged social status one could not help but feel a certain empathy for her. But she was different.
Materials: book, mirrors, viewer, found objects, penlight.
Book dimensions: 22.5 x 14.4 x 6.25cm / 9 x 5.75 x 2.5in
Full installation: 120 x 75 x 30cm / 48 x 30 x 12in