Mirror Mirror

2013, Competition

Mirror Mirror, a finalist for BOFFO Building Fashion’s Linda Farrow competition, works likes a geode. Even with multiple sightings, geodes always amaze their onlookers as no one ever expects to find such a colorful core within such an ordinary rock. Like the geode, Mirror Mirror conceals a bedazzled interior under a dark outer crust, made from repurposed foam pieces, stuck together and painted black. Inside is an angular array of taut, mirrored surfaces that infinitely reflect opalescent objects, which are meteor-like in appearance, but shinier, as if covered in glittering space dust. The object’s crusts are mostly coarse yet sporadically smooth, as baroque-inspired masks appear to present Linda Farrow eyewear. The mirrors, some opaque and some translucent, line the interior walls and fold out to create cascading reflections and a captivating ambiguity between what is real and what is illusion. One’s experience is marked by simultaneous satisfaction and intensified desire—the pleasure of wearing luxurious eyewear and the tension that arises from objects withheld behind glass or present only as a reflected trace. In Mirror Mirror, what is commonly a singular, personal act of vision—seeing yourself in the mirror—becomes a collective performance of bodies and objects dancing around each other in a kaleidoscope of vivid imagery, a visual field of illusion and enticement.

Project Team: Adam Fure, Ellie Abrons (EADO), Christina Kull, Nick Safley