Invisibility Mask story

Since publishing this project, I have discovered other Bay Area artists who have also implicated mirrors with their bodies: Paul Taylor with his #selfiesuit, and Randy Sarafan who installed a #selfie mirror at Pier 9, San Francisco.

There is something about both projects that I find very constitutive to what it means to have a self in the Bay Area these days. I keep having this sinking feeling when I’m in public and staring at my cell phone, that I am no longer just the body in the BART station, but I have become multiplied in perpetuity on the internet. My external appearance, my clothes, my hair, no longer fully reflect my reality or my being. What these artists are doing by affixing these mirrors to their bodies, is taking the self that is multiplied, and translating that multiplication to their appearance. There is always a strange distance between how we appear to the world around us, and how we feel deep inside of ourselves. Closing that gap allows us to communicate more effectively with those around us. Paul Taylor told me that when he wears the suit, he becomes more gregarious and able to communicate with strangers. The mirrors, in this sense, become a kind of drag, not in the sense of performing one’s gender, but in a sense of allowing someone to perform their self. We become, with the mirrors, a constantly shifting reflection of what is around us.

With the use of the 2-way mirror, I have taken this project down another road. The 2-way mirror not only multiplies my surroundings, but also obfuscates my being —I am in public but I choose to no longer be myself, and when you attempt to judge me by my appearance, you only succeed at seeing yourself. There is a longing for latency in comprehension. I yearn to delay the trappings of my identification, while I find myself embedded in the reflection of my surroundings. -May 6, 2018