As I was working on Shiny Things I thought all the tiny things I had saved throughout the years. All kinds of broken jewelry, thrift store items, things I found on the ground some of which has been with me since I was a teenager. Like a Magpie, I am always looking for things to use in my work. The mirror in this piece is something I bought 15 years ago, now finally finding a place for it.
The mirror is meaningful in this piece. Mirrors are shiny things. A Magpie can recognize him/herself in a mirror, signifying that they are intelligent creatures. I am pretty sure my cat, Loki, can recognize himself, but sometimes behaves in ways that make me question his intelligence, and I use the mirror as a question in this piece. Do we recognize ourselves and our underlying motivations and drives truthfully.