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When Reflection Becomes Art

Techniques for this style of Eglomise’ utilizing the reflective silver surface of a new / clear mirror have evolved from my experience. An antique furniture restoration business during the 80’s, decorative painting during the 90’s, melled with art studio classes while at UAB. Art takes time and as my development continued, the appropriation of the experience of working with various materials and processes contributed as I pealed back the layers of the onion. My current style of Eglomise’ with reflective elements where color saturation, light & dark areas of tarnish present in the remaining silver coating from the back of the plate glass, create a unique apostolic composition that can be somewhat difficult to reason and take in. I am frequently asked “what is this & how was it made”.
And where… I know of no other artist painting exactly like this, although my former company Mirrortique continue with the techniques I developed and although where Mirrortique’s focus is primary toward the reflection of the mirror, an object of decorative utility… A smaller portion of my work could be considered decorative although, it is not intention, realizing the mystery of art, the direction of my muse in each work. The percentage of reflective silver elements in my work will for the greater part always be less than forms of color and dark tarnish. The fact that these objects of art began as mirror, an object of decorative utility, is something a stigma and one that I hope to eventually overcome. A comparative analogy might be where the canvas used by a painter, stretched over a frame and painted, is albeit a piece of cloth and standing alone a singular woven fiber sheet one might not consider the canvas art, unless in the most minimal perspective. Some have found my work distracting because of the reflective elements within, I consider this aspect of my work a conduit of metaphysical reasoning, where one might experience a sense of there creation inside the work, mixed, melled and for a moment woven into the fabric of the 7 elements of design with perhaps reflection as the 8th element. A double- entendre if you will of physical and mental perception, while considering the meaning and feeling, a subjective experience.

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