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A Shared Vision

July 23, 2004

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Martin Eichinger’s sculptures tell unique, powerful stories about the world we live in. His work often transcends ethnicity and culture, and instead focuses on the will and strength of the human spirit to rise above difficulty. Bold in its narrative, Eichinger’s art is a personal commitment to his values and worldview.

With his most recent sculpture, Seeing in the Dark, Eichinger is making an even bolder commitment to his vision: proceeds from the sculpture's sale will help Mercy Corps benefit artisans in developing countries.

Over the next three years, Portland, Oregon’s Eichinger Sculpture Studio will donate a percentage of all sales from Seeing in the Dark to Mercy Corps. The studio’s generous contribution will go directly to Mercy Corps’ “Supporting Sustainable Development, Environmental Conversation and Cultural Preservation” program.

Eichinger’s beliefs led him to his partnership with Mercy Corps.

“I’m interested in the issues that we, as people in the world, are facing,” he said. “These concerns come out in my work.”

Eichinger has sculpted professionally for over thirty years. His journey has taken him in quite a different direction from many of his peers. Unlike other artists, Eichinger's work started out as conceptual, and moved through abstract and figurative periods before arriving at his present style: narrative sculpture.

As a storyteller, he enlivens his pieces with incredible depth and focus.

Eichinger’s work is particularly strong in its focus on women. He strives to depict feminine empowerment in his sculptures, and makes a special effort to illustrate the strength and resolve of women in developing countries.

Seeing in the Dark explores the symbolic kinship between an owl, which represents power, wisdom and vision, and the female figure on whose arm it perches.

“The owl is passing on its gifts to the universal feminine force embodied in this woman,” Eichinger explained. “Perhaps, with the owl’s gifts and its natural ability to see in the dark, the pair may just have enough vision to navigate through uncertainty and see what lies ahead.”

Seeing in the Dark also captures and demonstrates Eichinger’s own interest in supporting artisans in developing countries. He believes that, through his artwork, he can engage in meaningful dialogue with people around the world.

“I want my artwork to involve people through shared vision and ethics,” he said. “Most artists have been too silent in their visioning of culture for many years. I’d like to communicate a strong belief system with each piece of artwork I create.”

Through his collaboration with Mercy Corps, Martin Eichinger is helping artists in the developing world gain an even footing. His personal commitment will ensure that fellow artists have the opportunity to create and share their own unique visions with the world.