Amy Hood Questions the Notion of Self in the Digital Age with I Took the Pictures But This Is Not a Self-Portraitdebuting The Personascope.
The work encourages us to reflect, via its very format, on our habits of interacting with facades, and pushes us to reconsider not only what we see but how we see it. It comprises photographs that Hood took of herself in an artificial space: a deteriorating house with visible pipes and beams. Hood used a Polaroid Land Camera, a technique of capture that both infuses her shots with a sense of deliberateness and permanence and draws a stylistic through line from her own aesthetic history. Hood plays subversively with themes of image and essence, of the dichotomy of exterior and interior, of persona construction and image consumption and their impact on our relationship to physical presence, to ourselves, and to each other. At the same time, the craft of her construction implies new possibilities for how we can thoughtfully engage with others and ourselves.
The Personascope invites viewers to gaze upon 13 undeniably sexy yet disorienting “anti-self portrait” fine-art prints, using a magnifying eye piece on a built-in magnetic track. There’s a 21st century aspect of “hyper-voyeurism” to this—but also an opportunity to look closely and see elements beyond the surface, suggesting possible answers to the question of where the self really lies in our digitized milieu
A Collectible Analog Experience
6.25 x 8.25 x 3” Shadow-Box Type Viewing Instrument | Encases 13 -5x7” fine art prints | Interchangeable via an image slide | Examinable via a magnetically tracked eyepiece | For both display & interactivity | Made to order in the extremely limited edition of 25; a copy of the book is included | White corian, steel, aluminum, glass | Patent pending
Created by Amy Hood
These are made to order with an approx. 4 week production lead time.
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