This exhibition derives its title from the Latin word meaning to “conceal”. The artist was captivated by the similarity this word displayed to the word “ocular”, relating to vision and the eye. The correlation between seeing and concealing is what Meng-Yu Yan investigates through video, sculptural, aquatic, and photographic experimentation with reflections. The artist is confronted by the dichotomy of the mirror in its tendency to both reveal and deceive. Influenced by the art of scrying (water or mirror gazing), the artist translates this traditional form of occult magick into a body of work that contemplates selfhood as liquid. Scrying is a process of searching for answers, yet often the visions revealed are blurred or distorted. As a result the artist plays with distortion to emulate the shape-shifting, fluid essence of being. Other influences include Sylvia Plath’s poem “Mirror”, Roni Horn’s discussion of androgyny, and Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” which incited the artist’s inquiry into the origins of self-awareness.
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