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Written by Cui Xiaosheng   
Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Mirror image

     ‘mirror image’, this concept is perhaps most liken to  the ‘mirror stage’theory of French philosopher Jacques Lacan, in which he proposed that infants aged from 6 to 18 months are able to use the reflection in a mirror togradually affirm self-image. Thus, with misreadings and mistakes along the way,they built identity of self. Before this stage, infants do not have the capability of self-perception necessary to recognize the integrity of their own bodies.The mirror image, something external, provides the subject with an illusory  integrity.

     I think it is important about infant ‘mirror stage’. When recognizing oneself in the mirror image, it is hard to avoid in an illusory and dislocation. The crucial matter is whether or not the subject who is being reflected is able to engage in contemplation andself-examination, whether or not they are living in the real world with their feet firmly on the ground, whether or not they have found a genuine correspondence between art and reality, and created a ‘I’ and ‘mirror image’ that really belongs to oneself.

      “Mirror image” is existed not only in the real world, but also in the mental word. Someone built the identity of self from the mirror,(reflected in a mirror, or represented to the infant through the mother or primary caregiver),if the image reflected in the mirror is recognized full of the misunderstand, arrogance and untruth, the people built himself depending on the untruthful image, that would be the terrible result.

       In China, contemporary art has always reflected the mirror image of Western values to affirm its own image. So,misunderstands are unavoidable. I expect the reality of creation in the future, not the self-conceit image in the mirror.

      A tniy true I” and “image” recognized untruth arrogance is the self-deceive relationship.

      Although Lacan’s  theory is difficult for me. I want to practice it within art way.

      Mirror material is the best medium that can reflect the performance of different people in the real word, and change object into mysterious role.Maybe someone can hug oneself on the untruth image reflected in the mirror.


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