Sidewall, 2010 Machine-printed on paper. Gift of Tres Tintas Barcelona. 2010-29-2.
What is this?
Within an oval frame with floral garnish at top, image of a handbag containing the image of an eye, suspended from a hook. Printed in black on white.
Why is this in our collection?
"Zerkalo" is a rather surreal image, which challenges the historic associations of wallpaper. As promoted by manufacturers and the media, wallpaper is normally perceived to be warm and inviting, welcoming. Zerkalo keeps the viewer on the edge, as if being watched by the eye on the handbag, which is actually a framed work of art. Miras refers to this as creating "a dialogue between object and subject, a game between the observer and the observed." This imagery draws on mid-19th - century wallpaper designs where trompe l'oeil frames frequently contain printed or painted scenes.