The Power of the Reflection
The use of the mirror, or mirror-like surfaces, throughout art history has provoked a sense of self-revelation, and contemporary art is no exception. As the spectator is able to see him or herself through the medium of the work, a dialogue is opened not only on the concept of the self, but equally on the concept of the self within an interpersonal setting. The reflection shows what is within the environment, but as such makes evident what is not there as well.
Contemporary artists such as A Kassen, Alicja Kwade, Dan Graham, Elmgreen & Dragset and Jeppe Hein are known for using reflections to create interactive works that ask the spectator to question their surroundings, as well as the objects and people within them.