Artist Statement Mirror Mobiles

sum-profile-linkedinMany women consider mirrors a threat to their self-esteem. Much of my time spent looking in the mirror is one of self-analysis and criticism. But according to Dzogchen teachings, the highest path of realization in Tibetan Buddhism, the mirror represents the mind in its natural state—clear and reflective of everything around it without being effected by what it reflects.

The mirror mobiles are made from mirror I find on the street or in dumpsters.  Instead of breaking down my body by critical analysis in a mirror, I am breaking down and severing the mirror. The process of repetitively sanding, cleaning, and reconstructing is itself a meditative path of recovery. Once reclaimed, the mobilized mirrors become enchanting and illuminating, rather than dangerous and self -effacing.  Constantly reflective and ever clear, the mobiles pay tribute to my journey from the use of mirrors as self-destructive weapons to recognizing them as a manifestation of my natural mind.