WAS IT AS MAGICAL AS THEY SAID IT WOULD BE?
Bathroom mirrors, classroom windows, and glass building facades around my college serve as the canvas for the gold vinyl text. The typeface evokes a sense of magic and fantasy, reminding students, staff, and faculty of the hyper-constructed, American college experience that brought them here. Specifically, Whitman College serves as a monument to the narrative of Marcus and Narcissa’s white settler-colonial project, further enveloping us all as actors in systems of domination. The space to reflect on the loss of life and innocence while at this college, through absorbing the history of colonization, experiences of sexual assault, racist classroom environments, exploitation of labor, and other things they don’t tell you in the orientation packets, is severely lacking. The didactic questioning placed on these mirrored surfaces creates a subliminal third space; the viewer becomes disembodied by physically seeing themselves as they are confronted with the mental action of reflection. The mirror selfies not only pull the work into the white cube, but questions the level of reflection that happens when faced with large questions of socialization.