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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