Turn the Mirrors in to Windows – Kasia Darwinska

Life is full of ups and downs, and at times it can really feel like a roller coaster.  Sometimes that means you do and say stupid things to those closest to you, sometimes it means you do the smallest things which can mean the world to someone else.  What is also evident is no matter how open or closed off you are about it, there is always someone viewing from another perspective.

Jimi Hendrix said it best with “Room Full of Mirrors”

“I used to live in a room full of mirrors
All I could see was me
Then I take my spirit and I smash my mirrors
And now the whole world is here for me to see”

Kasia Derwinska takes digital photography and makes them in to mixed media works of beauty.  Derwinska doesn’t consider herself to be a photographer according to her bio, more that it is just like any other tool to assist her in creating images which she considers to all be part of her journey through life and recollection of her dreams.

I was drawn to this picture of hers as the juxtaposition of “reflections” and the windows reminds me of a dream I had.  For me, it is also reminiscent of those dreams where you are running down a corridor by never moving.

I would imagine the original photo of this piece was the chair with a mirror on the wall and the light bulb.  Items have then been off set to offer an illusion of windows and mirrors within each other, sometimes reflecting the chair and a cat, sometimes reflecting the light bulb, but never reflecting the woman, so the impression is that she is looking on to something more, despite the fact that the mirror/window set up ends with a framed piece of blank wall.

There is a certain homage within this piece, which is the cat on the chair.  It is so similar to Rene Magritte’s “Not to be Reproduced”.  You’ll notice in the “reflection” the cat is facing out, and the front of the chair is on show, so it isn’t a reflection at all, maybe another chair and another cat in another dimension; much as Magritte showed the back of a man’s head who was facing the mirror.

The colour pallet is a muted grey hue, with the chair and the top of the woman standing out in green, almost representing that she is part of the furniture.  The light bulb looks stark in comparison to the elaborate frame which has been used perhaps indicating that fantasy is more attractive than reality.  There is another comparison of items in the foreground – the stark wooden floor and what appears to be a worn out rug, to the gandure of the velvet and ornately carved chair.  There are discarded pieces of paper scattered on the floor, as if a writer has torn them from a book, some look like paper airplanes, which could be an indication for the need of an escape.

What this piece really says to me is life is what you make of it.  You can lock yourself away in a room full of mirrors (as Jimi says) but this can lead to a lot of self reflection and over analysis, or you can break them down and discover new paths, which will lead to a way of self discovery without the over criticality (hence no reflections of the woman).

The piece is an odd mix of the mundane and ethereal, offering the viewer an almost relatable view to an unrelatable experience.

When you gaze into a mirror, the only things you see are your reflection and a limited area around you.  However, when you look out a window, the view can be almost endless.

What do you see when you look at “Turn the Mirrors in to Windows”?  Why not tell me in the comments?  Like this post?  Why not share it?

 

Advertisements

9 thoughts on “Turn the Mirrors in to Windows – Kasia Darwinska

Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

Big Art Theory Blog

a place where art meets literature in a way unseen before

A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

We Each Have A Story To Tell

Zhiguai Translations

Chinese Tales of the Strange and Anomalous, translated (roughly) by Geoff Humble

Anonymole - apocryphal abecedarian

Mental meanderings of a subterranean gadriosopher

Bitchin’ in the Kitchen

..because the thoughts that fall, kicking and screaming from my head need a safe place to land..

MARKOVICH PHOTO ART

MarkovichUniverse AT gmail.com

Finding French Charming

Finding True Love.. Even After Forty

My expressions

unexpressed thoughts

Fang & Saucer

From Stokervania to Austenland - to Infinity and Beyond!

Art & criticism by eric wayne

Art and Criticism by Eric Wayne

Quaint Revival

quirks, quips & photo clicks

It's Turpintime!

Stuff & Bits For The Muddled and Addled.

Scribbles

When the universe hands me a pen and then regrets it

The Artsy Psyche

I speak in colours and metaphors.

Eerie Unsolved

A Mix-Up of Mysteries, Conspiracie and All Things Spooky!

As Lady Stitch

Living with fibromyalgia.

Being Beckyy

We accept the love we think we deserve.

The Battles of Frankie

The failings and anecdotes of an average Aussie woman

The Indy Diarist

A Day in the Life

Leggings & Tea

Books. Art. Life.

The Non-Alcoholic Student

Ramblings on the University experience from a sober student

R&R

Tiling.Renovation. Restoration.Photography

High Lumen

lighting design blog

Lady with Black Lipstick

Hopeless romantic speaking her thoughts.

james'snotes

This is the page where I will share my thoughts about football, my memories and funny stories.

MYRA'S PANORAMA

A panorama is defined as an unbroken view of the whole region surrounding an observer. My panorama includes a jumbled mess of ideas and thoughts waiting to be typed out. Welcome to my panorama.

Marina Baker

marketing, social media, & business development

Chef Dave, Esq.

Lawyer by trade -- Cook by passion

MakeItUltra™

Psychology to Motivate | Inspire | Uplift

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

PURPOSE IN THE PROCESS

The Insides

Darkness exists for the light to shine

Diary of a Twenty Something

Finding meaning in the small and mundane...

ANNYWHO.

just a regular human trying to survive in the city

ScienceSwitch

Curiosity Ends Here

Amdall Gallery

Artwork, data analysis, and other projects by Jon

Irine

blue ink roses

The Planet According to Dom

Where humour and adventure collide

O' Canada

Reflections on Canadian Culture From Below the Border

%d bloggers like this: