The Mirror Portraits Project was a temporary public art exhibition organized by Borealis where teens and artists drew their self portraits on public mirrors, leaving short poems and stories to live alongside them. Mirror Portraits were installed as a BLINK project of the Madison Arts Commission on August 12th and 13th, 2015 with additional support from Madison Public Library’s BUBBLER and the ArtWrite Collective. While more than a few artist-participants shared their experiences with housing insecurity or homelessness, this crew of artists came to the project with vastly different life stories and motivations for participating. How might seeing your own reflection in the work have implicated you in their stories?
Borealis designed this project in collaboration with artists Tawania Alston, Kabuki, Sisa Poemape, Merle Geode, Karena Ware, Sofia Ware, with behind-the-scenes support by Molly Leimontas. Most photography by In His Eye Photography.