Mirror Fence, 2003
Acrylic, wood, aluminum, stainless steel 36" x 130' x 5" (91.4 cm x 39.6 m x 12.7 cm)
Courtesy the artist and Derek Eller Gallery, New York
Photograph by Jerry L. Thompson
Alyson Shotz's Mirror Fence embraces its changing surroundings, although its reflective pickets, which extend in a straight line, enclose nothing. As Shotz has described her practice, "I'm interested in making objects that change infinitely, depending on their surroundings. The light at different times of day, the weather…what the viewers are wearing, all these are just some of the variables that will make the piece different every time one comes in contact with it. For me an ideal work of art is one that is ultimately unknowable in some way."