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