Ups and Downs

Mixed Media, November 2018
Original. 48 x 36″

During my visit to Munich, Germany, I had the opportunity to see Leonardo da Vinci’s renowned painting, Madonna of the Carnation, at the Alte Pinakothek museum. After exploring the Karlsplatz plaza, I stumbled upon a six-story mall adorned with escalators that connected each floor in the center of the building. Intrigued by this unique architectural design, I decided to make my way to the cafeteria located on the sixth floor. As I ascended the escalator, I noticed that the sides were mirrored, unexpectedly reflecting glimpses of myself as I moved from one floor to the next.

In this image, I drew inspiration from Édouard Manet’s masterpiece, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, where the artist himself appears in the background of the painting. Similarly, I incorporated a mirrored image of myself, the reflection of the mirror behind me, and the two escalators stretching out in front of me. This composition captures the essence of the moment, blending elements of self-reflection and the dynamic movement of the escalators.

Drawing upon Manet’s influence, I aimed to explore the interplay between the observer and the observed, as well as the relationship between the individual and their surroundings. The use of mirrors and the incorporation of multiple perspectives add depth and complexity to the painting, inviting viewers to contemplate their own presence within the bustling atmosphere of the mall.

Through this artwork, I wanted to convey the sense of intrigue and introspection that arose from my experience on the escalators, where I found myself unexpectedly confronted with reflections of my own presence and movement.


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