“Mirror Mirror On The Wall…”
  • “Mirror Mirror on the Wall…”

    “Mirror Mirror on the Wall…”

    20 silkscreen prints on oval hand
    cut mirrors, 20 silicon handmade
    oval white frames 1 antique
    framed mirror

    Each 17.5 x 12 cm.
    2012


    What is beauty? What makes an art
    object beautiful? What makes a person
    beautiful? Is it proportion, fitting the norm,
    being stylish, adhering to aesthetic canons?
    Whatever the answer, this is a question that
    plagues us throughout life both as artists
    and as humans. Mythological stories and
    fairytales transmit messages about the
    importance of beauty to children. Being
    particularly true for maturing females,
    concepts of narcissism and vanity lose
    their negative connotations, as media,
    peer pressure, and the market economy
    continue to promote the physically beautiful
    icon not only as a want, but also as a need.
    Contemporary individuals are willing to spend
    excessive amounts for cosmetics and undergo
    serious surgical procedures hoping to fit into
    the norm, hoping to remove the traces of lived
    life, hoping to forget the inevitability of death. 
    For this work, the artist transformed discarded
    plastic surgeon’s slides found in an Istanbul
    flea market into Warhol inspired silkscreen
    images printed in tones of black and gray on
    a series of reflective hand cut small oval mirrors.
    While retaining the potential of reproducibility,
    the individually printed images displayed in
    hand made white frames appear standardized
    but are not. By arranging the small oval mirrors
    into an imperfect square on the wall, the
    artist attempted to negate the Modernistic grid
    symbol while an almost beautiful, seemingly
    innocent series of mirrors depict one
    dimension of a contemporary tragedy.
    To remind spectators of their position in this
    drama, the artist allows their reflections to
    mingle with the silkscreen images on the mirrors
    and also encourages them to gaze into the
    prototype “Snow White” mirror hung alone
    on the adjacent wall.