Museum Pictorial. Bronze mirror, incised accompanies the commissioned exhibition Lustre (2015), Kendal Museum, Cumbria. Commissioned by Legion TV, London.
This museum pictorial showcases and expands upon, a selection of bronze mirrors which are on permanent display at Kendal Museum, Cumbria, along with collated examples from the digital collections of The British Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The degraded surface of the ancient mirrors have absorbed and reflected the image of countless visitors to the museum.
Prior to being displayed at Kendal Museum, the mirrors have been passed between many different hands: including museum curators, conservators and archaeologists, along with makers and users from past civilisations. Punctuating the images are short descriptions of incised, decorated mirrors. These texts illustrate artefacts from many different ages, making reference to the human figure, expressions and gestures. The descriptions evoke familiar images of human ancestry. The texts can also be interpreted as depictions of past users and makers: fleeting reflections captured by the artefacts.
Museum Pictorial. Bronze mirror, incised (2015)
Edition of 500
32pp., 148 x 210mm
2-colour litho print, booklet
Design: Sara De Bondt studio (Mark El-khatib)
A free copy of Museum Pictorial was available to Kendal Museum visitors during the exhibition period in 2015-16. To order a copy for £2, please click the 'Buy Now' button. (Available in the UK only).