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WHAT     is   REALITY  ? | by Jim Austin Jimages
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An old hand held oval mirror reflects a church.


The church ceiling is painted to look like a dome. Under the chandelier, the back wall is also a trompe l'oeil painting. Trompe l'oeil is simple, really, it is just a way of painting that is so life like it doesn't look like painting at all. It tricks the eye.


While it looks like it is three dimensional, the church ceiling is flat. It just looks like real life. The fool the eye church interior is not real, it is reality once removed.


So, what is a "trick the eye" (trompe l'oeil) painting of a church when it is reflected in a mirror ? Reality twice removed?


Explore the Rip Kungler poem about this image here:



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Taken on March 3, 2008