"Emoter," detail (2000)

Emoter, detail, 2000
Mixed media; Image: 49 x 36 x 4 inches; ladder: 27 x 24 x 19 inches; cable: 174 feet
Private collection
Courtesy Ace Gallery, Los Angeles

"’Emoter’ uses the expressions of the face that are so cued into reading the face. I took a picture of myself and cut the features up into little pieces, like a puzzle, and rearranged the features. And each time I did it, I created a different emotion, and that’s just something I read into it. Anybody looking at it would read into this, would reinterpret it, as I think we all pretty much interpret the same basic emotions- frowning, smiling- but I was interested in seeing how much inflection and emotion I could get out of the face using random input of signals."

- Tim Hawkinson