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 featuring a mirror scene. In the collage, however, the place of Narcissus is taken by Johann Joachim Winckelmann, staring at his reflection on the dark water surface. But the mirror image forming there turns out to be not his, but a distorted grimace, 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?