Ann Veronica Janssens


dichroic polyester film, security glass, and float glass
82 3/4 x 39 3/8 x 3/4 inches
edition of 1 + 1 AP (#1/1)

For many years, Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens has created striking works of art that heighten and perplex the viewer’s awareness of their senses as they move through space. Though formally simple, her works often rely on scientific research into material properties and theories of perception that generate visually complex experiences. Magic Mirror (Blue) features a sheet of glass broken into countless pieces sandwiched securely between two intact sheets. The shifting light is caused by a sheet of dichroic polyester film that allows light to pass through selectively, limiting the range of colors. The effect is an ever-changing work activated by the viewer’s movement and the changing light throughout the day. In 1999, Janssens (along with Michel François) represented Belgium in the 48th Venice Biennale. In 2016, the Nasher presented the first solo exhibition of her work in the US.