ANASTROPHIC MIRROR, 2016 | household dust, human hair, hand mirror | 160 x 70 x 50 mm |
Han’s Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid seems to head towards a catastrophic conclusion. However, towards the end of the story, the impending catastrophe takes a positive turn when the little mermaid, after many transfigurations, is finally transformed from sea foam into an air spirit and granted an immortal soul. The anastrophic mirror represents the reverse image of the catastrophic climax and the capture of that moment of transformation. Both reflecting in and penetrating through the mirror, the little mermaid is represented here as an inter-dimensional being. The radiating (hair) lines and froth or bubbles and dust represent the breakdown of matter at a sub-atomic level, where all is reduced to, and created from, quantum foam.