by Mikey Jakubowski
In this two-piece series, "Compact", Liz Barr uses her minimalist and electric style to explore the idea of identity and how it is reflected by a mirror. Barr asks the questions, "What is a mirror with no reflection? What does it look like?" and explains that her photos hint at the idea of our identities being second-hand simulations of our surroundings and, often times, "projected onto us by others."
The series was taken with a scanner, which Barr says she was beginning to explore with. "I was excited to find all the ways I could manipulate an image using very rigid technical restrictions. I found the photos I made with the scanner were eery and slightly unsettling because of the bizarre lighting and the extremely short depth-of-field." Eery and unsettling indeed, but hard to look away from.
Thought-provoking, original, and aesthetically pleasing, "Compact" acts as a mirror of her own, speaking for the kind of adventurous art she is eager to share with the world.