Elicia Epstein (Lincoln, MA)

Museum collection mirrors, scrap metal, and miscellaneous small objects

The Bureau of Illumination is an installation that builds on the site of the Glass Forest, serving as a site of literal and metaphorical light and epiphany within the Elsewhere Museum.

In this work, I build upon the pattern of mirrors on the walls initially installed by Agustina Woodgate and Ian Montgomery in 2009. A spark-like sculpture that I welded from collection metal hangs at the center of the room; the mirror-covered walls, reflecting and refracting its light. The result is a disorienting and illuminating experience of light and space that results in the brightest room in Elsewhere.

Beneath the hanging light spark is an object oracle sourced from objects in the Elsewhere collection, used for intuitive readings I conduct with inquisitive and brave members of the public. An object oracle functions much like a tarot deck— but instead of cards, the objects are the foundation for meaning-making and divination.

In The Bureau of Illumination, visitors find an exploration of the role of spiritual and emotional knowledge, the stories and histories held by objects, and the formal qualities of light and reflection.