Much could be said about mirrors and the different roles they have played in different cultures throughout the times. From stealing souls, to showing the manifestation of one’s mind and soul, to doors leading to different worlds, they offer an endless field of speculation and challenge us to question our very essence and our inevitable frailty and transience.
In fact, her art works reflect their surroundings, thereby undergoing the inevitable metamorphosis according not only to the angle they are looked at, but also as natural light changes throughout the day/night. If, on the one hand, Abedinirad’s mirror sculptures seem to somehow “fade” into their surroundings, on the other hand they impose themselves as man-made structures interacting with the natural world.
In ‘Heaven and Earth’, however, an installation inspired by the Tachara Palace in Persepolis, one of the very first places to integrate mirrors in architecture, Abedinirad’s use of this medium is meant “to give light, an important mystical concept in Persian Culture. When the audience stands at the top of the stairs and looks down, they come face to face with an optical illusion that increases light and, therefore, the spirituality of the place. The blue sky spills onto the ground, mimicking a pool, and the audience is momentarily overcome with the desire to jump into the light”.
All in all, Shirin Abedinirad’s awesome art works fascinate audiences with their extreme beauty while also creating unusual and unexpected optical illusions that can completely challenge our perception of the reality around us as a mirage does.