Mirrors that Hide
There is no reflected delay from June’s mirrors: the delay is eternal. These are mirror portraits of an unrecognisable self: an unlikeness. Mirror sculptures that allow us to imagine a reflection, to choose ourselves, enabling our different faces that exist in divergent roles to align. We don’t escape ourselves when we shut our eyes, we just escape the revelation of reflection; looking at these mirrors is like seeing with your eyes shut. Mirrors that hide; mirrors that simplify.
This body of work comprising polished graphite panels, arose from an interest in the specularity of thought, the history of mirrors, and the nature of the objectivity we seek when looking in mirrors. The panels below use graphite powder, wax, acrylic, gilt, and ink on MDF and were inspired by the mirror in Van Eyck's 'Arnolfini Marriage' and such historical mirrors as Leonardo's pocket mirror. An earlier temporary covering of a wall with graphite and wax, led not only to the works below but to the building of an entire graphite-lined room during a public residency – an octagonal chamber, 'The Cabinet of Imagined Mirrors' 2003.