The idea to create sunglasses with a lens for the third eye came to me in 2002 during a visionary experience in the Amazon jungle. Here's the story as recounted in a 2009 entry on the (now-nearly-defunct) CHOOSE DETERMINISM blog:
In 2002 I traveled to the Peruvian rainforest to meet with an “ayahuascero” – a shaman who works in particular with ayahuasca, a very powerful vision-enhancing elixir. For me, the plant medicine provided a range of extremely intense experiences, mostly involving the procreative properties of sound. During one particular “journey”, I traveled to another planet where Jesus was debarking from a spacecraft wearing a white sparkly Elvis costume. He was also wearing sunglasses with an extra lens for the third eye. I said, “Nice glasses!” and Jesus replied, “Alyce, these are for you.”
I began collecting sets of interesting-looking sunglasses immediately thereafter in anticipation of this project, but it took until 2008 to actually get around to assembling the initial pair. Since then I have made and exhibited several sets of third eye sunglasses, all one-of-a-kind, cobbled together from glasses found at dollar stores and thrift shops.
Here's a set I created for a show at Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert Gallery in NYC in 2013:
The other day it came to my attention that Prince is about to release an album titled Plectrum Electrum with his band 3rd Eye Girl – on the cover he is wearing a set of third eye sunglasses. While I'm tickled to see Prince in a pair of third eye sunglasses, I can't help but wonder if Jesus offered this idea to Prince in a vision too?
Really, that artists arrive at similar ideas comes as no surprise to me, especially in light of my strong belief in the power of the satellite dish hat:
If you are interested in owning a pair of Third Eye Sunglasses, I have just made three pairs available in the September Philosoprop Pop-Up Shop. Each pair is unique and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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