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The Narcissus Desk by Sebastian Errazuriz

narcissus_desk_sebastian_errazuriz.jpg Self like: artist Sebastian Errazuriz has restored a circa 1880 French Desk and modified it so that the user can fit into the desk and reflect.

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Details: The repurposed antique French desk has mirror, bronze, and wood additions. A semicircle has been cut into the original desk to allow the user to fit inside the desk. The original top has been replaced with a mirror, offering the user “a moment of reflection, a moment of thought at the one space where we make most of our important decisions in life.” says the artist.

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The Narcissus desk was originally inspired by Caravaggio’s painting of Narcissus that Errazuriz remembers seeing as a child with his father, an art teacher, while on a trip to Italy. “I was struck by the idea that someone could see their reflection and yet not be aware they were looking at themselves. I believe today we are becoming like Narcissus; so obsessed with our own perfectly edited online self that we forget to be aware of the real ‘me’ outside the screen.”

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“I love the way the user now enters right into the cut we created in the desk. His body is reflected like a queen of hearts on a playing card. Surrounded by your self; the viewer is suddenly, very aware of himself.”

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According to Greek mythology Narcissus was renowned for his beauty and disdained those who loved him. Nemesis noticed this behavior and attracted Narcissus to a pool. Narcissus saw his own reflection in the water fell in love with it. Unable to leave he died there.

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The desk is a continuation of Errazuriz’s functional sculptures, which invite the viewer to look again at everyday objects, spaces and situations.

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Narcissus Desk will be presented for the first time at ‘Look Again’, Sebastian Errazuriz’s solo museum show at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh opening on September, 6th, 2014.

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