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Mirror Mirror

Dike Blair, Paul DeMuro, Loie Hollowell, Anna Plesset, Mamie Tinkler, Roger White

Memorial Hall Painting Gallery
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
November 17–December 14, 2015

 Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. —Søren Kierkegaard  Mirror Mirror investigates reflection as a metaphor for painting and as a vehicle to question ourselves and the world.  Painters absorb and depict their experiences as they see them. To depict the painted reflection calls attention to artifice and the relationship between painter, painting, and viewer. History is reflected and referenced in painting. Painting always reveals itself through its materiality, creating a feedback loop. Mirrors themselves act as a stand-in for the literal flatness of the picture plane. Our aim is to demonstrate a range of approaches to engaging with a single subject.  I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. I am not cruel, only truthful‚  The eye of a little god, four-cornered. Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall. It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long I think it is part of my heart. But it flickers. Faces and darkness separate us over and over. —  Mirror  Sylvia Plath

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. —Søren Kierkegaard

Mirror Mirror investigates reflection as a metaphor for painting and as a vehicle to question ourselves and the world.

Painters absorb and depict their experiences as they see them. To depict the painted reflection calls attention to artifice and the relationship between painter, painting, and viewer. History is reflected and referenced in painting. Painting always reveals itself through its materiality, creating a feedback loop. Mirrors themselves act as a stand-in for the literal flatness of the picture plane. Our aim is to demonstrate a range of approaches to engaging with a single subject.

I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful‚

The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall. It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long I think it is part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.
— Mirror Sylvia Plath

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