The cause and effect of illusion.
A glimpse into how we perceive illusions - ‘I see’; and understand the effects of optical phenomenon that occurs thereafter, ‘eyesore’.

I see, I saw - a perceptual experience that seeks to look beyond our most immediate reality. Insight into understanding the ambiguity of visual illusions, may awaken our inner-senses to the things we cannot ‘see’. 

New Works – showcases visual context for the viewer to experience the visual forces of bold geometric shapes, vibrating patterns, reflective light and linear contrast at play. They collaborate to confuse the sensory perception of the viewer. Light changes the way we receive and perceive 2 types of illusion. Cognitive illusion challenges our knowledge and plays ‘mind tricks’ by distorting what we believe. Illusions that physically effect our eyes, e.g. ‘flickering’ are classified as optical phenomena.

‘Seeing’ is our fundamental sensory experience that enables our ability to understand and allows us to ‘see.’ We use our visual perception to make sense of our surroundings by processing the information by eyesight, sight, or vision.  Our visual process begin with our sensory organs – the eyes that absorb light. Traveling light is the only thing we can see. The visual cues of light waves reflecting from objects are then transmuted as sensory data through our visual system to communicate to the brain for processing. The brain lets us know what we “see”.

Although we rely on our eyes and brain to perceive the immediate reality in which we live, there are some images our eyes and brain cannot interpret. Imagery of an optical or visual illusion that are perceived through our visual system causes ‘errors’ in the brain – it cannot process imagery that differs from objective reality. This confusion causes the brain to make unconscious inferences from sensory data and knowledge derived from the past.

In reviewing the ‘cause and effect’ of perceptual illusions, one must ask themselves; for what purpose do ‘illusions’ exist if our mind’s eye is unable to process what we actually see?
I ponder to think that, if an ‘illusion’ presents itself in our external realities and we consider how we process ‘light’ (after all - it is reflective light we ‘see’) perhaps, the illusion is a mirror for us to reflect internally within one’s mind’s eye - to look, seek and explore our own perceived ‘unseen’ impossibilities to create our ‘eye-deal’ realities for the world to ‘see’.

‘Learn to see, and then you’ll know there is no end to the new worlds of our vision.’ Carlos Castaneda.


Born in Tauranga, Annabelle is of  Ngati Pukenga and Scottish descent, her hometown is Martinborough, Wairarapa.

square eyed by Annabelle Buick