Three large, irregular mirror panels, leaned against one another and supported by a visible scaffold, create a walk-in kaleidoscope. The abutting mirrors multiply a triangular opening at the far end of the work many times over, adding to the kaleidoscopic reflection a complex star at the work’s centre. The viewer cannot immediately intuit from the complicated reflections produced by the work which parts of her surroundings are visible to her. Only the star form, housed in the heart of the work, remains constant, growing and diminishing in scale as the viewer steps towards and away from the installation.
Within the artist’s oeuvre, the kaleidoscope serves as an optical device that not only transforms an otherwise normal visual environment into an abstract pattern of colour and light but also produces the impression of a polyhedron emanating from its aperture. This polyhedron is a ‘fictitious’ visual phenomenon that reflects the dimensions and form of the kaleidoscope and is independent of the visual surroundings. The size and shape of this polyhedron, symmetrical and regular when produced by a cylindrical kaleidoscope, is here in Your star house intentionally displaced and nonuniform; the ‘star’, jagged and irregular, appears slightly above and to the right of what the viewer perceives as the centre of the work. Given the scale of this kaleidoscope and one’s ability to step into the confines of its mirrors, its otherwise fantastic vision is further disrupted, with the viewer herself subject to the mirrors’ fracturing projections.
|Scaffolding, mirror foil, aluminium|