I Is Another uses water to represent the 'mirror' and reflection of oneself with water representing the deconstructed element of the real. It is a finite substance that has an infinite range of appearance and expression. Rather than simply being an object, water becomes a form of consciousness, of time, of punctuality, of the human condition, of anything that is desired to project on it. The project observes how the portrait can convey identity but also how water can represent time, temporality and change.
I Is Another Pt. I
I Is Another Pt. II
Exploring the notions of the Gaze, and drawing from Jacques Lacan’s theories of The Mirror Stage I Is Another examines how the self can be de-centered simply by looking. Using the portrait as a signifier of the person the project presents a ‘reflection’ of the self, of self-stability and the unnerving presence of external forces that threaten and fragment that stability. The element of water is used to represent the menacing and deconstructed element of the 'real'.
As the image moves the viewer becomes the voyeur, the fragmented body cannot return the gaze. It becomes a form of consciousness, of time, of the de-stable self, of anything that is desired to project on it.