The still life work of artist and photographer Christina Burns, which make up the series titled 'Through the Mirror,' is delightfully morbid. Christina Burns juxtaposes skulls and pills with flowers and candy. Thrown into the mix are childhood toys including Disney princess figurines and other kitschy knickknacks. Each still life forms a sort of ink blot due to its mirrored nature, hence its name.
Born in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, Christina Burns is inspired in part by the Oniric movement, which stemmed from a surrealist Romanian literary school most popular during the 1960s. Beautiful Decay observes, "The meticulous symmetry of Burns’s compositions heightens the idea of supernatural harmony between purity and sin, between life and death." It also explores the role of women and men in abstract ways.
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