Ellen Nickles

Painting Mirror

Interactive installation 2018

Move the pieces and assemble your reflections in this interactive Cubist mirror. How many ways can you put yourself together? In real life and in digital spaces we offer multiple versions of ourselves for numerous reasons. Painting Mirror plays with this idea by proposing continuous ways of seeing and presenting yourself. Using dual camera angles and the open source software, Processing, video reflections are fragmented, resized, duplicated, and scattered across the surface. The pieces blend together and moving them paints the screen anew. The impulse might be to reassemble your image whole, but can you?

Multiple overlapping irregular polgyons, some with images of portions of a woman's face and upper body pointed in different directions.
Multiple overlapping irregular polgyons, some with images of portions of a man's face and upper body.
Multiple overlapping irregular polgyons, some with images of repeatetd portions of a woman's eyes and nose.
Multiple overlapping irregular polgyons, some with images of portions of a woman's face and upper body.