Everything near becomes far

Imagine that you couldn’t see yourself. Not in a physiological sense, but from a philosophical point of view. The task of finding out who you are becomes a both demanding and meticulous task. You dig your way through years of material, unravelling your identity in the same way that an archeologist excavates the past or a scholar interprets a poem. This type of blindness would not only bring your own being into question, but also the world and how it appears.
In the series Everything Near Becomes Far, Danish visual artist Mille Kalsmose explores this sense of blindness by attempting to connect with her own history through hypnosis. The result is a series of paper works with statements printed in braille. The statements are taken from the hypnosis, and the final works position themselves as almost sacred or ceremonial objects through the use of gold leaf.