Reflections On Minerva from 1990 belongs to Roy Lichtenstein’s Reflections series. The sequence takes the artist’s popular designs and disrupts them by seemingly depicting them through a glass lens. In his Reflections series, Lichtenstein plays with ideas of light and reflection.
The partly hidden images in this sequence are altered and obscured by fractions of stylised glass, pushing them to the point of abstraction. The subjects are glimpsed between sharp mirrored shapes that break and refract the surface of the image. These works resemble disjointed collages and reinvent their source materials into graphic compositions of reflective light.
Similar to Reflections On Girl of the same series, Reflections On Minerva features the cartoon heroines characterising the artist’s earliest works from the 1960s. Appropriating the iconic figure of Wonder Woman, the black-haired armor-clad female here appears cropped and fragmented. While her profile remains complete, the majority of the image is obscured. The comic-strip style speech bubble above her head has also been broken up. With half of the text missing, the gaps are left for the viewer to fill in by themselves. Lichtenstein provides a single clue; the name of one of Wonder Woman’s enemies, ‘Minerva’.