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Luminous Windows: Holograms for the 21st Century
The Good Medicine Cabinet by Pearl John
Pearl John (b. London, England) graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Holography in 1992. John uses large format holography as a medium to examine issues of self-identity. She combines holographic images with text, video and photography to reach toward the meaning that exists at the boundaries between words and images, and between artist and viewer. Her holograms and installations have been exhibited in Japan, Europe and throughout the United States. John currently teaches holography to students at the University of Southampton, UK, and continues to work as a fine art holographer.
John's contribution to the Luminous Windows exhibition at the MIT Museum is the hologram titled, The Good Medicine Cabinet. The hologram is a white light transmission hologram with mixed media that explores a person's reflective nature, and how it can inspire personal, spiritual, and social change. On one level, the artwork consists of a hologram of medicine bottles sitting inside a medicine cabinet. The next level of reflection reveals that the hologram is itself mounted on glass in the door of a real-world medicine cabinet. The third level of reflection is achieved when the viewer's image is visible in the reflection of the window, superimposed on the bottles of 'good medicine'.