Narcissus

2018

15 cm x 15 cm

Acrylic Paint on Mirrored Glass

Mirrors have been used as fascinating emblems to explore perception and truths of reality. Reflecting almost perfect light, they show us a world both familiar and inexplicably different. Haunting in its honesty, this reflected world becomes an interactive tool that brings the viewer into the living art piece, if only temporarily. For some, the mirror acts as a way in which to fall in love with yourself, a radical proclamation of happiness through recognition. Narcissus explores the evolution of self perception, impacted by internal dialogue and uncontrollable external circumstances. It is said that the mythological figure Narcissus would have a long life, provided he never recognized himself but fell in love with his own reflection and pined away. The term narcissism denotes an excessive degree of self-esteem characterized by an addiction to fantasy, an unusual coolness and composure shaken only when confidence is threatened, and by the tendency to take others for granted or to exploit them. There is a fine line between reality and disorder but is self love and self value really so radical?

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