In Closed ego, a large sphere of polished obsidian is displayed on a stand. Despite the material’s opacity, viewers can nevertheless look ‘into’ the sphere, discovering their own reflection and that of their surroundings stretched, distorted, and cast in a deep dark tint. Obsidian calls to mind the Claude glass, or black mirror, a tool used by Romantic landscape painters in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to compose melancholic and abstract views of their environments.
|Obsidian, stainless steel, paint (black), rubber ring|
|124 x 46 x 46 cm cm, obsidian sphere: ø 40 cm|