My book is meant to convey the commonality of the human condition: that no matter how we look on the outside, we are all the same underneath.
The images were made during a live performance project on the subject of identity commissioned by the San Jose Museum of Art in California. Life-size side-by-side charts of the skeletal structure of a woman and the muscular structure of a man were covered by a collage of dozens of 4” x 6” photos of corresponding body parts. At the interactive event, I photographed a body part of a visitor to my exhibit, printed it on site in a minute, and asked the visitor to go to the photos on the wall and take down the corresponding photo and pin up their photo. When taking down the photo, the underlying image of skeleton or muscle would be exposed with the intention of making the visitors question what that meant. Each time a photo was taken down and each time a new photo was put up, a photo was taken to document the changes over time. These were turned into a QuickTime video, flipbooks, and this Sketchbook Project book.
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