10.mise en abyme

Mise en abyme literally translates as ‘placed into abyss’; in artistic terms it refers to introspection and self-reflection- it is seeing a work inside a piece of work. Here, I am using an image of myself inside an image of myself which are all achieved by a physical reflection through glass. The idea behind these two pieces are to explore the concept of self-reflection and touching on the idea of self-centrism. I find that my life and maybe even just lives in this society are heavily revolved around ourselves.. for me, I am always thinking and feeling about myself and projecting my thoughts onto other people due to the anxiety. I am constantly analysing myself and my actions and using my own subjectivity as other peoples opinions. I think this is an interesting topic especially in today’s society because of how we are being brought up and evolving around technology and constantly talking about ourselves on social media. img_2882-1img_2884-1


Part of this recognition is the activation o a process of consious thought aout the mise en abyme’s self-division. And again, we come back to containment suggesting the inside and outside of framing and frames within frames, yet at least the link with consciousness has been made clear. With repetitive acts of self-reflexivity an original representation, a point in the history of consciousness is brought to mind again and again by the mise en abyme. If we take the self as a point of origin which is referenced by subseqent reflections of the self we can see where the problem lies with so many literary critics of the mise en abyme: the self is inherentoly unstable, looking back at previous stages of consciousness may be less relexive than fictional. it is interesting, however, that the mise en abyme thematises not only an internalising duplication, but also, paradoxically, an externalising one, and this may be transposed phenomenologically as consciousness co- emerging in the self and in the world.

page 51 – Framing Consciousness in Art: Transculteral Perspectives.



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