„Each and every living being in this world is to us like a book, a painting, or a mirror, a true hallmark of our life, our death, or situation, and our lot.”
Alain of Lille, a 12th century French philosopher, theologian and poet
The reflection is silent and omnipresent; that is why Alice suggests that questions are asked on both sides of the mirror.
The first of those questions is how the puzzles and paradoxes of mirror images incite the adventure I am about to embark on: “The Reflection Knows More”.
Mirrors simultaneously entice us to trust magic and cross over and evoke in us the desire to shatter them. And from the pieces of matter illusion will come out in sight – which, as we know, is mostly possible in the fairy tales of olden times.
My aim is to use the means of art and in this show under the working title The Reflection Knows More to display my attempt at telling a mirror fairy tale. My fairy tale. I would like to tell about my ideas of The Secret given so many various names; about how I see it reflected and how both Secret and reflections alike struggle to show us whatever we refuse to see.
The 17th century saint Hildegard of Bingen imagines God as a mirror containing all of His reflections – beyond age and Time.
I would like to refer to this experience of hers. Then, perhaps, the basic question on the theme, which side of the mirror we are on, will become superfluous. So it happens, they say, when there is enlightenment.
A peculiar longing for meaning is the driving force behind this artistic adventure.
While seeking for the meaning, one reaches oneself. Reaching oneself, one stands before the mirror and one’s reflection is already there, expecting. The puzzles and paradoxes of mirror reflections are at the basis of the installation The Reflection Knows More.
Mirrors that tempt us to trust magic and entice us to go beyond and at the same time arouse the desire to shatter them. And from the illusion of the pieces of matter and the empty space between them the idea is derived that lights our path towards ourselves.
The reflection is silent and omnipresent but the regular and as natural as breathing encounters with it suggest that questions have to be asked on both sides of the mirror.
How does one share one’s glance with the other, how are glances exchanged? Love or what we refuse to see. How does one experience one’s beloved as a mirror perhaps so as to see oneself reflected?
Each and every experience is somebody’s fairy tale – a mirror fairy tale. To the person who has lost sight of himself or to the person who has started towards himself and realised that the whole of the world is contained in him – anyone can perceive themselves as a mirror, too. But only when the heart becomes a pure mirror, can the world be reflected in it without distortions; only then can one meet the light of the Spirit. Looking at oneself in the mirror one can recognise the Image of God in the mirror that contains all thinkable and unthinkable reflections.
The reflection escapes all senses but sight. The more the soul is able to turn its back on words that describe the experience, the closer it gets to the mirror.
This is an artistic attempt at answering these questions through the means of modern art by telling a mirror fairy tale.
As a special event at the opening at the Chapel Hall of the National Art Gallery on 4th December at 18:00, a professional dancer will perform a short sufi dance –demonstrating a spiritual practice that consciously uses the mirror principle so as to explain the substance of God. A human attempt at using dance to come closer to the Secret given so many different names. A dance enlightening every particle of the world and man in it. And when there is true enlightenment, the question “Which side of the mirror are we on?” is no longer necessary.
The exhibition is composed of several mirror panels with human figures and elements included in them, “entering and exiting” their spaces.
In the middle of the hall objects of mirror surfaces are placed – a table, a chair, and a bed with a human figure looking at its mirror heart in the mirror. The “Dice of Fate” is also placed in the hall – its paradoxical reflections symbolising the saying, “Fate is blind”.
In the corridor leading to the gallery space there are photographs of mirrors taken in various natural environments.
Don’t leave today’s reflection for tomorrow!