Mirror, mirror on the wall
In All the Universe is Full of the Lives of Perfect Creatures, made by Karolina Sobecka, viewers' movements and expressions are mimicked by an animal head which is overlaid onto the viewer’s reflection in the mirror. The resulting effect invites inquiry into issues of self-awareness, empathy and non-verbal communication. A different animal appears every time a person steps in front of the mirror. The animals represent species from across the spectrum of domestication; from wild predators to domesticated species to animals who have evolved to coexist with human settlements, while remaining ‘wild’. The animal mimics the viewer’s facial expressions, interspersing them with its own independent ones. One feels compelled to in turn enact those animal expressions, lip licking and snarling, fully inhabiting the role, following while being followed.