I recorded my face everyday in my studio for 42 days at the same time of the day during my residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Using a commercial facial expression analysis service NViso, I put the series of ‘selfies’ through the software to get my everyday emotion analyzed in seven categories (neutral, sadness, anger, disgust, surprise, fear, happiness). These data in a spreadsheet now feeds the animation of digital camouflage like patterns framed by the contour of a my own face. Each color comprising the camouflage pattern represents each category of emotion. Translating emotions into ‘readable’ data into a cryptic pattern becomes the ‘transparent yet unreadable’ mask of a face with a pattern that’s heavily associated with war, combat and act of hiding.
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