Confinement Of A Mirror Analysis

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The piece that I have chosen to analyze is Quieren Condenar Mi Imagen al Encierro de un Espejo/They Want to Condemn My Image to the Confinement of a Mirror. This piece was made by a Mexican artist by the name of Marianela De La Hoz. This piece seems to be an intricate self portrait in the medium of egg tempura on board. It depicts an adult woman’s face, reflected in different ways through a box of mirrors. It can be deduced through the title that this woman in the painting is the artist, making this a self portrait. This work is being displayed in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the art building’s art gallery. The painting is displayed at eye level and is a fairly small work. The work, while quite small in dimension, has quite…show more content…
She chose reflections as the theme for the whole gallery showing because it had meaning for her. Introspection is a clear theme. If this piece is a self portrait, which I am led to believe it is, it allows the spectator to have a glimpse into who she is or what she believes about herself. In this piece the use of the abnormal skull reflections leads me to think about her thoughts on death, life, or possibly the rawness of emotional understanding that can be gained from introspection. In other words, I believe this use of variety in the pattern was meant to make you understand that deep down, things are not always superficially important; when you look closer to the core of a person is when you discover who they really are. The skull reflections represent that raw, true person that exists within us all, but is not always outwardly…show more content…
She wants to remind viewers that not everything is as it seems. Deception exists inside oneself as well as outwardly to others. It also represents that art is a very important influence in the way she defines herself. She would not have included the paintbrush in the piece if it did not hold significant meaning in her life. The complexity of this piece allows the viewer to think about what it would look like as a truly three-dimensional form. I think this reflects the emphasis the artist wanted to put on the complexity of a person. People are deceptive at a first glance, but as you become more familiar with the complexities, they seem to make more sense. The same goes for the
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