Board Book inset with Mirrors, finished with Graphite and Cut Paper Illustrations, 4.5 x 4.5 in
There is something about the nature of mirrors that makes them mystical and haunting. Maybe it's the sensation of looking directly at yourself, every movement echoed back. Maybe it's the fear that your reflection will do more than echo. The superstition around mirrors has always been prevalent, this book looks specifically at the ties between Victorian death culture and the looking glass.
Immensely obsessed with death, the Victorians believed that mirrors in the homes of the deceased needed to be covered to prevent the departed soul from being trapped behind the glass, unable to pass over. If a mirror in a home fell and broke of it’s own accord, it was a sign that someone in the home was going to die.