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Natural Mind Mirror

This work gets inspiration from the similarity between the hand and soul on Aristotle’s De Anima and thinking about the five senses, the relationship between language development and the opposable thumb, and eventually about the phantom limb. I was interested in the medical usage of the mirror to soothe phantom limb pains. The emerging image was fascinating from an aesthetic and perceptive point of view. From one side, I worked on specularity, starting from the mirror neurones and from the mind’s ability to build a theatre of the reality, a representation of the sensitive representation. From the other side, I developed two couples of hands both readable as “hands in the mirror” and as “hands, which meet other hands”. This encounter with the other, and its complicity with the “doppelganger”, opens Natural Mind Mirror to a symbolic and psychoanalytic interpretation, close to the idea of “daimon” and fate. Insofar as the soul is the result of a multitude of individual peculiarities, it seemed to me that creating a harmonic comparison with the other is a strong and stimulating path, because of its basic and bewitching nature. LR