Human social interactions are complex behaviors. Often many are unaware of how they are acting, feeling and interacting with others. We live so often in a condition of being obscured from ourselves and others. The things that can isolate one can be social conventions, politeness; or it can be personal: timidity, self-fear or self-blindness, fatigue.
I used clear glass as a way of seeing through ones actions and intents. Each element of the glass works in Echoes depicts a pair of overlapped faces created in fused glass powder arranged so as to create a new, third face. The imagery suggests the struggle to balance the different worlds that collide together, of out of body experiences and of contrasting mixed state episodes.
I see the interaction of the non-aligned faces as a depiction of the fate of both the inner and outer worlds. I wanted to show a sense of connection between the worlds. One cannot change without leaning a little further into the shared world, and without recognizing that even in one’s solitude, one is always at some point touching someone else.
Michael Janis is one of the exhibiting artists for Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art.