The Self Illusion is an installation that serves as a catalyst to ignite concern from viewers upon the subjects of; the self, perception, reconsideration of my own displaying tendencies, our relationships to one another in space, functionality, photography, illusions, and how they all function together. The research behind this work began at a starting point of purely scientific discourse that then lead towards a more philosophical conversation and interpretation. The materials used are chosen for their direct alignment to the concepts listed. The cause and effect they create in conversation to one another are strategically planned out yet, the action of constructing the piece involved aspects of chance and intuitiveness as well.
When entering the space, each participant becomes an apparatus for activating the room. As shadows are projected on surfaces, and figures effect occurring reflections depending on one’s standpoint. When a group joins the room, a collaboration is inherent in the choices each person makes to block or expose the consequences of objects and light. The interrelationship between onlooker and the piece has been a consistent concept kept in mind throughout this process.