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MIRROR MIRROR Off the Wall September 27 2018, 0 Comments

“The desire to see one’s own reflection – more conveniently than kneeling at the waters’ edge on a sunny day – appears universal."  The art and neuroscience of mirrors
Broken Mirror House in Austria
The mirror is a powerful creative means of expression which invites us to explore the "double", the "other", because the other image helps explain a concealed meaning.

Mirror reflection is exciting, delightful, and it instantly unleashes our desire to play. Mirrors are so common in every day life that their captivating and enchanting expressive qualities are sometimes paradoxically unseen. They take us away from the every day, the known, the ordinary, the expected, and in the hands of artists, into an topsy-turvy, distorted, other world. Creativity is unleashed. Wonders abound.


Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoorn Chicago


Leandro Elrich installation London

Yayoi Kusama - Infinity mirrors

 

Expanded Fear - Ryan Everson
Catoptrophobia is the fear or mirrors. Some people are afraid of their own reflection, others of reflected words, and still others of the mirror's potential link with the supernatural. I don't think that Ryan Everson is one of those people. Or maybe he meets his fear boldly.

                                

                      Nude Descending Staircase - Marcel Duchamp                  Daniel Rosen Broken Red Mirror

How often do you get the opportunity to become a reflection of a Duchamp masterpiece? But the following article, by artist Lawrence Lek, asks if using mirrors is "cheating"?

In an EPPH article,  Art's Masterpieces Explained, we see how important mirrors are in the world of art. Symbolism of mirrors in literature is a whole other avenue we go down. Go ask Alice and Sylvia Plath.

Want to know how to create a mirror? It's easy. Reflect on it.

Hasta luego amigos,

Val


TWINS LOOK TWICE September 06 2018, 0 Comments

I'm Beside Myself
I’m a twin. Virginia is my counterpart. There’s a second set of twin sisters: Patricia and Donna. Twin nephews and twin aunts appear along my family line. It’s no wonder that I’m inspired to create designs based on the Twin motif, the Double, the Other.

  

Girl Before a Mirror - Picasso                 Las Dos Fridas - Frida Kalho

 

Twins appear throughout history and in mythology, in literature and the visual arts, in science (Einstein’s “twin paradox” explains his special theory of relativity), and in modern culture (Elvis Presley was a twin). Syriac traditions recognized Thomas, “Didymus,” as Christ’s twin. In Roman mythology, twins Romulus and Remus founded the ancient city of Rome.

 

       

In the visual arts, the twin image appears in many guises, but not always recognized as such. The Double appears in a mirror, as reflection, in a shadow, as imitation, in optical illusions. The idea of twins invites us to look at the familiar in a different way. To think twice, to think again, and explore.

 

I'm working on some new designs and they'll be available soon on Society6. More information soon. Until then...

Hasta luego amigos,

Val