This is available from CB2 and I am considering buying it to hang in my library. It was photographed by Charles Shotwell, a Chicago artist with some beautiful work. He has a technique that reminds me of Anne Arden McDonald, in which he depicts the subject as an anonymous figure holding up a sign or a mirror, completely covering his/her own appearance. McDonald has a book of self portraits in which she arranges scenery and poses, with her face either out of the shot or obscured, but rarely a meaningful part of the overall composition. The obvious statement is in the person’s identity becoming associated with the sentiment of the picture, subtle but effective. I am quite fond of art that depicts human personality without showing facial expressions. Andrew Wyath’s painting Christina’s World is a classic example of this.
The title of the piece above is “Three Trees.” The third tree is behind the mirror, which is obvious somehow, although I’m not sure why. I think that’s the story of this work here- we feel instinctively that there’s something back there, and coupled with the suggestion of the title, it clearly must be another tree.