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