Distortion in the Mirror

In Fall of 2015 I captured film images of women who felt like their reflection wasn’t up to their expectation. I printed these images digitally after scanning them into the computer, on transfer paper. These images were transferred onto 16×20 custom mirrors. Typically a transfer takes about 10 minutes to dry, then is washed, and an hour later final washed. However, because of the delicate medium, these each took about a week to produce.

My goal with these images were to produce the most perfect transfer, however, after working with this medium for awhile, I had to lose sight of perfection, I had to let it go. I felt this was extremely important in my process and in my learning. I could not obtain perfection in the process, just as we (humans) can not obtain the idealized perfection that we hold our selves accountable to.

Each of these women wrote me a very personal letter, to which their images have been titled by. The public has never seen these letters; nor will they. But their titles, and I believe their eyes say it all.

When viewing these images, the viewers must face themselves and the people in the mirrors. They only can obtain a distorted view of themselves due to the image blocking their reflection, but also obtain a distorted view of the women themselves due to the scratched ink as well as their own reflection getting into the way. This symbolizes the distortion that a lot of people face in their daily lives, either because of unattainable standards, or because of Body Dysmorphia.

This body of work had it’s own solo show, 2016 March,¬†downtown Grand Rapids, MI at the Bethlehem Church off of Commerce street. 15 Finalized Pieces.

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