BOSTON UNIVERSITY SENIOR THESIS

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All of the photos are wheat-pasted onto sheets of masonite. Each 9x12'' piece has two laser-cut holes which allow the viewer to become a participant. Throughout the installation showing, the sequence of the photos varied depending on the intended narrative of the viewer.

 
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Facial expressions are the first and foremost indicators of our emotions. It is in our nature to decipher the feelings of others by looking to their face, which begs the question: how many of our interpretations are affected by context? The Kuleshov effect in film is one of the most straightforward applications of this phenomenon. This experimentation de-contextualizes known portraiture elements by combining them in unconventional pairings, forcing the viewer to confront their own biases. The finished product allows the participant to question their projections. Ultimately, this work confronts how easily our perceptions can be manipulated. I am not trying to solve a problem or make a grand gesture. Rather, I would like to simply explore representations of the face and leave it up to the viewer to analyze the results.