Death Mirror, 2013
coconut, wood, feelings about your unavoidable death
size varies from 3 in. x 5 in. x 1 1/2 in. to 4 in. x 6 in. x 2 1/2 in.
What you have here is a piece of coconut glued to a piece of wood. The artist sanded and polished this piece of coconut to a high gloss and then buffed it to a near mirror finish. It is not magic and it will not heal you, but it is nice to hold. When you gaze into a Death Mirror, you can see clear reflections of light sources, but only a dim version of yourself. Depending on the light, you might appear as a shadow; it’s not especially affirming. Natural flaws in the coconut remain, as do your own flaws. The pieces are also fragile, as are you. Each Death Mirror comes with a “Death Buddy”. The buyer is meant to give away the “Death Buddy”. Numbered and initialed.
Chuck Jones, 1970, is an Media Artist and Embroiderer living in Chicago. His work was featured in a museum in Queens once, and once in Houston and another time in Los Angeles. He lives in Chicago and his work can be found at www.babygorilla.com