of a Sentence"
This installation consists of a 10' x 12' room
with white walls, with an open doorway leading into it. Ideally, the room is constructed
with at least two outside walls as well, also painted white. On these outside walls, teasing
viewers into the room, is a line of fingerprints. This line pulls viewers from afar into
the room, where they meet a large work consisting of thousands and thousands of fingerprints
on the walls. The work is a consistent five feet in height, beginning two feet above the
floor, so that the fingerprints along the middle of the walls make up a solid but variegated
band all around the room, except for the doorway.
As I created this piece, I thought about those wielders of authority who have "taken"
the fingerprints of us all. Our prints are inserted into documentation that paradoxically
marks our individuality at the same time that it claims our connections to and commonality
with others. I want the stunning repetitiveness of this piece to suggest the taking back
of a single fingerprint, mine, but also the taking back of all fingerprints. By decontextualizing
this marker of identity, I hope viewers will see it anew, attaching fresh new meanings of
their own to the image and notion of something so simple, yet profound, as a fingerprint.
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