Reconstructed wood door, acrylic mirror & household gloss paint. â€The Doors (LA Woman)â€™ is one of a series of door sculptures by Jim Lambie. Concertinaed like a fan, an ordinary domestic door is manipulated into an extraordinary object. Fixed horizontally to a wall, its original function becomes redundant, while mirrors on each end of it reveal fractured reflections.
The title â€The Doorsâ€™ is a neat pun on the subject matter, but also makes wider cultural references. The most obvious link is to the legendary American rock group of the 1970s, The Doors, and to their acclaimed album â€LA Womanâ€™ of 1971. The bandâ€™s name was inspired by Aldous Huxleyâ€™s 1954 book, â€The Doors of Perceptionâ€™, in which he wrote of his hallucinatory experiences while under the influence of mescaline. In turn, Huxleyâ€™s book was inspired by William Blake (1757â€“1827), the 18thâ€“century English artist and poet, who famously wrote â€If the doors of perception were cleansed then everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.â€™