pigment print, 50 x 40 cm
The work “Spiegelung (Narziss)” is a collage based on Caravaggio’s painting “Narcissus”, one of the most widely known artworks dealing with the topic of mirroring. The strange scene seems to depict a demonical setting, which is expressed, most of all, by the fact that the mirror image forming on the dark water surface does not reflect Narcissus, but somebody else. In the mirror image the harmonious face of Johann Joachim Winckelmann – assuming the place of Narcissus – is transformed into the distorted grimace of a sculpture by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. The bright and even-tempered is confronted by the obscure and unfathomable as its counter-image. To which strange laws of physics (or psychology) does this mirror-scene adhere? And which one of the depicted characters is the ‘original’ and which the mirror image? The protagonist Narcissus, emanating from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, becomes a screen, onto which various personalities can be projected. Eventually the portrayed mirror-scene does itself assume the function of a mirror, in relation to which the viewer positions himself.