Modular wall installation by Morgan Hill consisting of poplar, paint, plexi mirror, and hardware. Can be purchased as a complete set or as individiual.
Reflect here. Gaze. Be present. Witness yourself in this moment. You are creating a ritual to which you can return, transforming any mirror into a place of powerful self-reflection.
Mirrored-self misidentification, or ‘mirror sign’, is the delusion that one’s reflection in the mirror is another person. I only recently learned that this is a documented psychological condition, even though I have experienced it periodically throughout my life.
The first time I felt this bizarre sensation––that I can only relate to as a hallucination mixed with the rush of déja vu,––it frightened me. After a minute of staring at this stranger that I had seen a million times, the impression faded and I recognized myself as myself again. The second time it happened I understood that it wouldn’t last, and I was able to look at the person in the mirror as a different being, but with the understanding that it was in fact me. This became increasingly empowering each time I experienced it. In these moments I was able to reflect upon myself like a ghost, my soul was outside of my body.
I prefer to think of these moments as precognition or prophecy rather than a mental malfunction. Allowing me to see myself in the third person, they help me to realize that I have the power to reflect on who I am and respond independently of my self-identity and the biases and blindspots that accompany it.
I haven’t felt this sensation in several years, but I can now use the mirror as a tool. This object allows me space and time to see myself with fresh eyes. I invite you to use “Witness” as an instrument of renewed self-reflection.