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Lacan's Mirror

Inspired by the theories of Jacques Lacan the work explores our perception of the real, imaginary and the symbolic. Is what the viewer sees real, a reflection, the work itself, an image of the environment, or a fragment of themselves? The title of the work references Lacan’s mirror stage where he postulated that the ability to recognise one’s own image in a reflection was a learned response in human development. The work challenges the viewer to differentiate between the real and the reflection/imaginary, and the viewer is forced to form a gestalt of these opposing forces when observing the work.

Date

2020

Dimensions

200 x 210 x 117 cm

Medium

Steel, acrylic mirrors, MDF, steel cables