The first time I used mirror was for practical reasons. I used it to create a kind of periscope that enabled the viewer to see a werewolf head that was hidden around a corner. I liked the idea that an object could only be seen through a mirror (not directly). There’s something really creepy about that I think. I think mirrors are scary. I consciously avoid looking at the mirror when I go to the bathroom at night. I’m afraid I would see the devil or something I am not supposed to see. Actually, I am more afraid to see a monster through a mirror than I am of seeing it beside me in real space. I don’t know why that is.

I also like to use mirrors to create infinite spaces. An object that contains an infinite space makes me think of a person and I like that. Mirrors, when there are a lot of them, also create a kind of disco glittery atmosphere that I think is really exciting when combined with something creepy and monstrous.

David Altmejd, in “Monstrous Energy” / interview with Peter Dubé, Espace, no. 79 (Spring 2007), p. 9.

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