The concept of an “Evil Eye” has been a part of cultures and traditions around the world for centuries at this point. The idea that a negative thought can directly influence the lives of those around an individual is a powerful one, and it has been captured by Virtosu in this stunning piece.
The “Eye” of the “Evil Eye” is clearly depicted at the head of this painting and it serves as the protagonist of the action to unfold around it. The body of the entity appears to be winged, depicting the reach and influence of the form on its immediate surroundings. Just as a butterfly can flap its wings and cause a storm in another corner of the planet, so does the influence of the “Evil Eye” travel further than the mind can perceive. We see the background of the piece almost contort to the shape of the dominant form, and the effect of the piece is seen radiating in an outward direction. The body of the piece is marked with numerous conflicting and contradictory shapes, helping the audience perceive the confusion and chaos reigning in the mind of someone dealing with negative thoughts.
By tackling such a historically significant cultural phenomenon, the artist is drawing our attention to the myths that rule our lives. The personification of negative intend has been beautifully created by Virtosu in this piece, and it serves as a reminder of the artist’s incredible range and imagination.