It Is Not A Picture, One Wants To Live In It

It Is Not A Picture; One Wants To Live In It is a full, mirror-room installation with day glo paint, blacklight, and clear, acrylic furniture.  The installation is a challenge to the viewer's sense of self as their fragmented reflections are scattered across the room.  The experience is one of simultaneously inhabiting and viewing a cubist canvas.   The colors, painted on the floor, walls, and ceiling, are intentionally vibrant, breaking up the viewer's reflections and heightening their perception.  The viewer is invited to spend time within the installation, to get comfortable, to lose their boundaries of ego, time, and personal space.   The name of the installation comes from Russian Constructivist, El Lissitzky, who rejected the hierarchical, detached single vantage position in favor of an active, pluralistic space, and who famously stated, "Space does not exist for the eye only: it is not a picture; one wants to live in it."  

 

It Is Not A Picture; One Wants To Live In It currently lives at the W.O.R.K. performance space and gallery in Salisbury, MD.  There are proposals written to install this work at other gallery spaces.