All materials, if not already present in the house, are easily available and recognized as “essential goods”.
1 mirror; 1 newspaper; 1 roll of 19 mm paper masking tape; 1 pencil; 1 pencil sharpener; 1 tube of silicone acetate; 1 block of drawing paper
1. Get a mirror
Even if at this stage of our existence, the care of the look is not at the top of the list of priorities, it might be more convenient for you to use a mirror that is not essential to you: you can buy a portable and cheap one in one of the supermarkets open in your area. You can also make more than one emergency exit, from different mirrors; circular mirrors have been used as an example, but other shapes will also serve the purpose perfectly.
2. Take a newspaper and choose a page
The regular newspaper will do just fine. Before you start, make sure you’ve read everything that interests you; ask around the house too, so that you don’t take valuable information away from anyone. Then choose an article that seemed important to you, take the page out of the newspaper and make sure there are no other must-see items on the back of the page.
3. Cover with masking tape the area of the mirror where you want to make the emergency exit and take the measurements
With the paper sello tape you identify the area of the mirror where you want to make your emergency exit I have chosen to put it in the middle, but it doesn’t have to be central; the important thing is that it is vertical and with a height not less than the height of the face. Use a pencil to make a reference mark on the side of the tape, so as to leave a window of exactly 15 mm. If your maskingtape is 19 mm, you will have to remove 2 mm on each side.
4. Divide the newspaper page vertically into two parts
This phase will give great satisfaction to those newspaper readers who are used to preserving and cutting articles, a passion that some people cultivate with great perseverance, and that does not give way to the advent of digital. So take the page identified in point 2, fold it vertically on both sides repeating the operation several times to weaken the fibres and manually divide the page into two parts. You can place the fold where you like, provided that the two parts are sufficient to cover the mirror on either side of the masking tape. If your mirror is very large, you can comfortably use the fold already present in the middle of the pag
5. Spread the silicone on the mirror
Spread a thin layer of silicone on the side of the adhesive: the layer must be very thin and homogeneous. If your mirror is not too large, you can apply a strip of silicone in several places and spread it manually with circular movements. If, on the other hand, the surface is large, use a squeegee (or, if there is no squeegee, the blade of a knife) and complete it manually to obtain perfect homogeneity. Try to get as far as the edge of the adhesive tape, without stretching further.
6. Glue the newspaper
Now place the two halves of the newspaper parallel to the sello tape at the reference marks: a space of exactly 15 mm must remain between the two pages for the entire height of the mirror. The pages do not have to be aligned with each other: a slight offset, or even a complete overturning may add character to the work. The important thing is that they remain vertical. After positioning them, make the paper adhere well to the mirror, passing over the surface several times with circular movements of the palm of the hand.
7. Remove the masking tape
After letting the work rest for 1′, remove the masking tape by pulling it upwards. Proceed slowly so as not to tear the edges of the newsprint. When the operation is complete, pass over the surface of the newspaper several times in circular movements so that the edges adhere well. Remove any traces of silicone from the mirror with a little paper (the paper from the same newspaper will be fine).
8. Remove excess paper with the tip of a pencil
This operation can be carried out very easily by passing several times with the pencil well sharpened at the edges, between the mirror and the frame that contains it. If the mirror does not have a frame, you can do the same operation by turning it on the back, leaning on a soft surface such as a tablecloth (in this case it will have to be stretched, so as not to create an excessive thickness under the mirror).
YOU WILL HAVE THUS OBTAINED YOUR emergency exit, A PERFECT TOOL TO CREATE A FAITHFUL PORTRAIT OF YOUR IMAGE WITHIN THE INDIVIDUALISTIC SOCIETY TYPICAL OF POST-INDUSTRIAL CAPITALISM.
You can choose to hang it on the wall at a point of passage, to superimpose it on other emergency exit to obtain a sculptural composition, or simply use it to draw your gallery of self-portraits following the instructions exit in point 9.
9. look at yourself in the mirror and draw your self-portrait
Place the p emergency exit in front of you on a table, at a distance of about one arm. If your mirror does not already have a support system, you can hold it in your hand, or place it on any support (books, PC screen or other). Sit in front of the emergency exit with a sheet of paper and a pencil. Look at yourself in the emergency exit making your gaze converge inside it. Draw your self-portrait, as it is returned by the emergency exit mirror.
ATTENTION: AVOID TURNING A BLIND EYE AND USE BOTH AT THE SAME TIME. EACH TIME THE emergency exit WILL SHOW YOU A DIFFERENT FACE, AND YOU WILL FEEL LESS LONELY.
After studying Architecture and graduating in Biology, she graduated in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, with a thesis that redefines the concept of “bachelor machine” in a feminist key. She worked for a few years within a multinational company with a managerial position: this experience gave rise to her specific interest in the way relations are structured in the present economic system. Parallel to her artistic practice she teaches mathematics and science and collaborates with universities, academies and art schools. His research has been exhibited in museums, foundations and cultural venues including La Triennale di Milano, MAMbo Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Museo Marino Marini di Firenze, Galleria Civica di Modena, Fondazione San Carlo di Modena, La Chambre Blanche in Québec. A particular project is represented by Musée de l’OHM, a museum-work founded inside a 19th century dresser and located in the Museo Civico Medievale of Bologna. To OHM, which since 2015 is part of the collection of the Istituzione Bologna Musei, has been dedicated the 5th edition of the exhibition Esercizi di Stile , curated by MAMbo and Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna.