You Are Not Yourself

• In Barbara Kruger’s You Are Not Yourself, the text and image are a little too close for comfort. The meaning seems simple: the shattered mirror symbolizes the idea of not looking at yourself as a whole. The fragmented letters and image mirror, literally, the fragmented self. But Kruger keeps you coming back to the question of who is the “you,” and, by extension, where is the “I”? Is you addressing the viewer? If so, the hand holding the shard of glass would be the viewer’s hand. Why, then, does the text not read “I am not myself”? Is that a tear or a drop of blood on the glass? Who or what shattered the mirror? The superimposition of text over image to address a viewer resembles an advertisement, but this image does not give you a clear and seamless message. You don’t know what to do with these fragments.

• Bela Borsodi’s photographs for Stern Magazine fill hollow silhouettes with shoes, bags, belts, and jewelry. The women are not made of themselves, but their scantily clad bodies look almost real.

• Andrea’s Skull in Cage Assemblage won’t wake you up in the morning with a song.

• Christina Sanchez creates these Earrings out of pocket watch parts.

• The Dada Cat T-shirt from Diatonic takes cat appreciation to a new, fragmented level.