Perception of ‘lived’ reality and perception of artistic form, as I have said before, are essentially incompatible because they call for a different adjustment of our perceptive apparatus.
José Ortega y Gasset, The Dehumanization of Art (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972), p. 25. *
Then perhaps, the only thing you carry with you to the other side of the mirror, is your past. An omnipresent added weight that shapes how you live on one side and how you see in the other.