Perception Is Reality

Perception Is Reality

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Inspired by early Cubist juggernauts, this depiction is a
commentary on self reflection in its most literal sense. As we reflect on our
inner self, it is crucial to understand how important a role social interaction
plays in forming our idea of the ‘self’. According to the sociologist, Charles
Horton Cooley, people develop their own concept of ‘self’ by translating
how they are perceived by others. His “looking-glass self” theory places
social interaction as a type of mirror we use to form our own measure of
worth through the judgments and encouragements we receive. This is
powerful when we realize how perception shapes us into who we are.
When first I came across this theory, admittedly I was shaken. I have always
had a grounded measure of self worth, but to face the reality that other
people’s perception shapes my own ego was big red pill to swallow. As I dove

further into the idea, I realized how especially relevant this century old
concept is in our social media driven lives. We must be wary of the image
we portray to others in social media and in real life, since these induce
perceptions of who we are which in turn shapes our own self image.
The painting attempts to portray facets of our personality as stones of
different shapes, colors and sizes. However, as we gaze on the reflection cast
by the stones in the lower half of the painting we begin to the perception we
are inducing from others, which over time may define our updated version
of inner self.

Size: 36” x 24”
Frame: Unframed. To be framed as per buyer instruction

Painting by Tanvir Ahmed

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