Monday, 1 December 2008

Young woman painting her own reflection

(Oil on panel with easel and cloth, 2008)

This work is based on a painting by Nicholas Renieri (1590-1667) of a young woman at a mirror, which is housed in the MuseĆ© des Beaux Arts in Lyon. It is a painting of vanity, and in order to be vain — to love ourselves — we must see ourselves as something in the world, that is, as an object to be looked upon. This is why the image of the mirror occurs so frequently as a symbol of self-love; the mirror turns her from just being a subject that looks out at the world into also being an object that can be looked upon.