Study for a Mirror is an immediate and
ephemeral contemporary light painting.
It confounds the notion of traditional portraiture
and allows the voyeuristic intentions
of the viewer to returned as a narcissistic
gaze onto himself.
Study of a Mirror is the disconcerting
yet inspiring reflection on the consumption
of one’s own image. Where we become
Dorian Gray, yearning that it will
be the image that grows old and not us.
The subject does not age but vanishes
within seconds. It leaves us desiring just
one more glance, one more glimpse of
something that we inherently recognise.
It is the acknowledgement that we are as
temporal as the image.
The work encapsulates Robert Ryman’s
minimalist ethos of his monochromatic
works and recalls Francis Bacon’s studies
for portraits. Thus spanning vastly different
aesthetic attitudes. This ‘painting’
details the true likeness of the inner circus
of dreams and torments that we are
all made up of. A static moment is captured
then slowly fades to back to nothingness.
Study for a Mirror has been aquired by
the Victoria and Albert Museum for their