“The closer he looks at the child, the less he sees … The more he looks at it, there’s nothing there. He fears that the more you look at him the less you see. There isn’t anything there.” - John Hughes
Polyclitus was one of Greece’s most famous sculptors. According to an often repeated tale he once made two statues at the same time. One was made according to his principles of art and another he modified according to the wishes of people who observed it. When the two were finally unveiled everyone marveled at one of the statues and laughed at the other. Thereupon Polyclitus said: “But the one of which you find fault with, you made yourselves; while he one you marvel at, I made.”
Example of how surroundings affect the perceived in your eye
William Powhida, Tips For Artist Who Want To Sell, Silkscreen on paper, 2010.