Through the Looking Glass

For centuries mirrors have provided us with a perspective that is not possible without it. Light from the angle of the mirror reflects back to our eyes, leaving our perception and judgment all up to the seer. We look in the mirror and see ourselves and what is behind us. We scrutinize our own appearance, whether it is positive or negative. The mirror brings us ever so closer to our own perception of soul and substance. Anything on the surface of the mirror is a reflection of the physical truth, out of reach from the normal naked eye. What’s included in some of my next body of work will provide more than what our everyday mirrors do. Taking the aesthetics of the mirrors and adding images to it will provide us with a different type of perception while reflecting on Japanese traditional use of gold leaf in the backgrounds. Stay tuned for whats to come :).





About Julian Peña

I'm a visual artist and student currently in progress to attaining a Bachelors of Fine Arts. I've been creating fantastical works of art since I was at the age of 13 years old. My work is transcendent beyond the material world and life itself. The paintings are polychromatic and visually exciting, while still maintaining a level of harmony. The subjects in many of these works of art may not exist at all despite what we perceive. It is a play on perception, an attempt to engage the viewers. I has earned numerous scholarships, participated in several group exhibitions, and already organized my own solo exhibition (CMYK, 2011). My meticulous and unique style is visually arresting. New ideas are constantly being examined and then visually communicated. Come check out my works at! I am is also currently part of the 253 Collective (a co-op) in downtown Tacoma. I currently live and work out of my loft in downtown Tacoma, WA.

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