Self-Centered Mirror

2003; Daniel Rozin; 34 mirror panes, wood; 120” x 30” x 25”; Courtesy of the Jonathon Carroll Collection.

Eye Spy, Playing with Perception

On view June 19, 2010 to May 22, 2011

Located in the: Art & Nature Center

Eye Spy features engaging works that explore the act of perception. Through manipulation of light, form, color and line, leading contemporary artists show viewers how perception is based as much on what we think we should see as on what we actually see. Abstract sculptures create surprisingly recognizable shadows, for example; holographic images fool us into thinking we're seeing 3-D. On view in PEM's interactive Art & Nature Center, Eye Spy encourages visitors to examine how perception and illusion influence the way we interpret the world.

Support provided by the East India Marine Associates (EIMA) of the Peabody Essex Museum.

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Self-Centered Mirror

Self-Centered Mirror

2003; Daniel Rozin; 34 mirror panes, wood; 120” x 30” x 25”; Courtesy of the Jonathon Carroll Collection.

After Renoir

After Renoir

2006; Devorah Sperber; Spools of thread, stainless steel ball chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic viewing sphere; 96” x 100” x 60”; Courtesy of the Artist.

Divine Intervention

Divine Intervention

2007; Yanick Lapuh; oil on wood; 67" x 39" x 2.5 "; Courtesy of the Artist.



2000; Robert Lazzarini; maple; 54” x 26” x 12”; Courtesy of the Artist and Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles

Erect Pose

Erect Pose

2008; Gary Gold; Steel, projected light; 47" x 39” x 12" (sculpture) 67" x 43" x 12" (sculpture with shadow); Courtesy of the Artist.

Part of February School Vacation Week

Related Events

Maker Lounge Open House ›
Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 2pm - 4pm

Stop by the Maker Lounge to Meet David Yann Robert, our newest maker-in-residence. Robert is currently an exhibiting artist in Branching Out: Trees as Art in the Art & Nature Center and co-founder of the Center for Children's Speculative Design. At the Open House, he and a few youth designers will talk about the Speculative Lifeforms project they are working on during Robert's residency.
Also, learn about:
- upcoming low-cost workshops for adults
- events for all ages
- the equipment and materials in the space
Share your feedback and suggestions for programs you'd like to see in the Maker Lounge. You'll also meet other makers, tinkerers, technologists, creatives and crafters here in Salem!


Dawn Chorus: Birdsong before Sunrise › For preteens through adults
Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:45pm
Reservations not required


Join the author of The Singing Life of Birds for a special art and science acoustic tour of some of the finest and most intriguing dawn performers among North American songbirds.

listen to sparrows

Don Kroodsma's recording of male Brewer's Sparrows all singing madly in the dark, well before sunrise.

Let it Grow – School Vacation Week ›
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring and join our Earth Day festivities!


The Leaf Men
10:30-11 am | meet at information desk

Who are the mysterious Leaf Men and can they save the backyard from the evil Spider Queen?



Bark Building
10:30 am-1 pm | outside the museum

Join Branching Out artist Kyle Browne to create a forest mural along the front of the museum.



Seedling Pots
11 am-2 pm | Create Space

Decorate a seedling pot and be ready to plant for spring! Early participants also get an evergreen tree seedling to take home.



Tree Eavesdropping
1-3 pm, | outside the museum

Meet Branching Out artist and Maker Lounge Artist-in-Residence David Yann Robert and learn how to eavesdrop on the inner life of a tree, then create an original artwork.



Leaf Carpet
1-4 pm | Atrium

Compose patterns and original designs with laminated leaves, inspired by the work of Branching Out artist Joan Backes.


Further Reading