Distilled Portraits

2012/14

I took the form of a 10”x6”x6" round pickling jar used for the preservation of foods and drink and set about solidifying its volume in clear glass. Entitled, ‘Distilled Portraits’, each jars interior contains the negative texture of objects chosen specifically to represent an individual. Whether man-made or natural, these selected forms are magnified to the viewer due to the highly polished exterior surface of the solid glass jar. The recessed detail of a magpie sitting on a pomegranate in 'Distilled Portrait I' is mirrored with silver nitrate in order to transform the negative space into a three-dimensional mirror. A taxidermy magpie sits on top of a jar peering intently at what seems to be its reflection within. Believed to be one of the most intelligent of all birds, the magpie is one of the few species known to be able to recognize itself in a mirror. Here, the bird represents the collector who is drawn to those highly reflective mirrored surfaces that construct the foundations of selfhood in our formative years.Cast Crystal / Mirror / Stainless Steel / Taxidermy 10" x 6" x 6"