Reflections on three reflected images – The Dressmaker's Dummy 2012
The text Three reflected images, The Dressmaker’s Dummy from the book Snapshots by Alan Robbe Grillet is the starting point for the work reflections on three reflected images, The Dressmaker’s Dummy.
The text is two pages long and forms a near scientific and highly detailed description of a room in which various objects exist. In particular the reflection of a window in a mirror over a fireplace and its double and triple reflections in another mirror on a wardrobe found on the opposite side of the room are given significant attention.
On first reading it seems that a direct transformation of the room is created through the author’s descriptive use of language. Upon a second reading, this highly focused image slightly looses its sharpness and subsequent readings lead the reader on a journey with no end in sight into an increasingly blurry labyrinth of possible configurations.
Within the book, different methods to visualise this space are documented including diagrams for the realisation of a three dimensional model and multiple configurations of positions of objects.
It quickly became apparent that this room probably never existed outside the imagination of the author. A photographic reconstruction of the room follows in the form of collages using analogue and digital images of different spaces in addition to found images on the internet corresponding to the descriptions found in the text. The interrupted image that results represents the act of reading and reading the text and the boundless attempts to abort this cycle.