INTERNAL REFLECTION is about interpretation as an experience of reality. The internal space depicting a frightening world through changing reality into something harmful. In the piece, the artist uses the narrative and figure (herself) as a guide and anchor from which to view this disjointed space. This rough narrative, starting with the figure entering the internal world (imagination) to save or fix something that occurred because of a traumatic event in the external world (reality). In the piece, that trauma is personified by a mirror breaking, an act that causes a part of herself to be lost. This, then introduces a subsequent quest to find that missing piece, an element that’s depicted in multiples selves chasing and being chased by each other. Once in the space, she goes through a series of events and spaces that reflect on fear and safety as a never ending, ever changing adversary. As a result, those themes become an opposition that can not be defeated, resulting in a cyclical story instead of a progressive narrative. The eye holes are a particular element that through paranoia and social anxiety, reinforce the inescapable and frightening nature of this world.
The piece itself is a two part sculpture. The first being the outside, which consists of plaster strips and chicken wire, creating a textured shell around the inside. The inside is a black and white collage consisting of foam core, charcoal drawings, paint and photos, that are lit by LED lights around the sculpture.
These two sculpture parts are opposites, physically as inside and outside, and conceptually through the inside being imagination and the outside being reality. However, through their opposition these spaces become interconnected as our understanding of each relies on the other’s existence. By personifying this interaction as a mirror, the internal sculpture becomes a visualization of a contained distorted space made from reality, resulting in a reflection of the artist's internal world.