Understanding distortion using mirrorology

The funhouse mirror is only the most extreme example of the distortion every reflective surface creates.

The most ubiquitous type of distortion, flattening, occurs whenever three dimensions are reproduced on a two-dimensional plane.

single self-portrait in circular mirror, reduced fidelity (greyscale on grey background)
Mirrorology poster concept (May)

The side-view claim that objects in mirror are closer than they appear serves as an everyday reminder that reflection is always trickery.

bubble-like collection of self portraits in circular mirrors (greyscale on black background)
Mirrorology poster concept (April)

By Elena Grossman

Elena Grossman is an artist and educator practicing visual art, graphic design, and programming for exhibition spaces, print, and screen media. Learn more about Elena