The Illuminating Gas
Obsidian, wood, perspex, illuminated oak display case
150 x 50 x 50cm

Part of a series of works that explores the creation and use of ‘dark mirrors’, whether of ink or obsidian. Such mirrors have been used in many cultures to see into the future. However, rather than one mirror, as is usually the case, the object on display here consists of three obsidian mirrors, which suggests the existence of not a single future, but rather of many. The use of two-way mirror Perspex in the display case also creates an infinity effect, with the object multiplied in all directions and breaking beyond the boundaries of the case itself; the viewer, and the room in which they are standing, are not reflected similarly.