A man in a dark suit standing in front of a reflecting pool, a line of same man in white suits reflected back.

Narcissus

2012

As the title implies, this piece was inspired by the story of Narcissus from Greek myth. In summation, Narcissus was a hunter who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. He then died of starvation, as he refused to take his eyes off himself. This is essentially meant to be a cautionary tale: Basically, don’t be too much of a douche.

I feel as if we now live in a hyper-narcissistic society. Social media has enabled us all to live in our own digital “World of One”s. Whenever we sign online, the digital world that we inhabit is personalized and catered towards our specific needs. In other words, it’s all about us. We now literally watch other people watching us. To me, it feels like my reflection has run away and has taken on a life of its own, not all that different from Peter Pan’s shadow.

This image is currently available as a fine art print in my ART SHOP, or via Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston.

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