October 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
Windows, mirrors, doors
A window has qualities similar to those of doors and mirrors. Like a door, the window is an opening, a passage, an escape route. It can be opened or closed, the difference between door and window being that the closed door hides what’s behind it while the window is always transparent, whether it be closed or opened. The mirror is like a window too, an illusive window; it appears to be transparent, which creates an illusion of there being a room on the other side of the reflecting surface. And both windows and mirrors can be regarded as putting the self, or “inner” qualities, on display. Along with the saying “the eyes are the windows to the soul” it also follows that the soul, or the “inner” workings of a person, is something that actually can be viewed. And that it is through windows that we can look at the soul directly. Furthermore, the view through a window is often unhindered and clear, and could therefore be regarded as “true” representations (of, for instance, someone’s soul), whereas the mirror is known to create illusions, and therefore more often is associated with the idea of distortion.
Even though the view through a closed window might be clear and unhindered (as opposed to the door) and the space located on the other side of the glass is actual (as opposed to the mirror), the spectator is always separated physically from whatever is on the other side of the glass, just like in the case of a door or mirror. The view on the other side is inaccessible for the viewer, which has a distancing effect; In that way, the window is much like a screen.
The window could also be connected with possibilities, reveries, or being a window to the future or the past.