In my work, I've been trying to work with the idea of appearances and illusionary facades; I've expanded on this concept further, in which the contrasting qualities are ambiguous at first, but reveal themselves once the viewer engages in the piece.
In this particular installation I wanted to incorporate the viewer directly in my concept of oppositions: where the viewer, once seeing his/her personal reflection in the drawings, becomes highly conscious of his/her appearance and begins 'posing' almost immediately (due to our preconceived notion of our personal appearance). On the other hand, the etched representations of the three sleeping figures show people in their most vulnerable, unposed, unconscious state.
Also, the viewer can only engage in looking at either their personal reflection or the drawings, which allows for a clear distinction and separation of these two opposite states and acts.
Materials: mylar, light box.
Dimensions: 20" x 26" (installation) 4" x 6" (drawings)
Installation Detail: Reflection of viewer in the etched drawings
Installation Detail 2: The environment reflected (another student's piece reflected in the drawings)
Detail 4: Sleeping child.
Detail 5: Passed out man on subway.
Detail 6: Elderly male asleep on the 6 train.