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Child Face on display at McGuffey Art Center

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Child Face Tryptic

I am currently exhibiting a series of photographs as part of an art-science collaboration with Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D., and the Child Study Center at U.Va. The show will be up through Nov. 22nd at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville.

These pictures were originally made for a stimulus set intended for use in scientific studies. The children in these photographs exhibit specific combinations of muscle movements that are reliably characteristic of adult displays of emotion in empirical research.

Some expressions appear to transcend age, others inspire more questions: though it is easy—almost expected—to see a child expressing happiness, it is harder to observe the contradiction between the seemingly weathered intensity of negative expressions and the purity inherent in the facial characteristics of children. Do these expressions draw us in out of concern, or repel us by activating our own fears? Perhaps harder still is the observation of a child emoting nothing at all. What is going on behind those inscrutable faces?

For this series, I strove to highlight the range and complexity of human emotion, as well as the range and complexity inherent in our own responses to these expressions.

Child Face

Nov. 2nd-22nd

Opening Reception Nov. 6th, 5:30-7:30pm

McGuffey Art Center

201 2nd St. SW

Charlottesville, VA 22902

Written by catthrasher

November 4, 2009 at 4:17 am

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  1. so cool!! Wish I could come and check it out!

    Sandra Coan

    November 4, 2009 at 8:36 am

  2. Congratulations! Wish I could be there – these three faces look awesome! Any way to see the pics otherwise?

    Steve Gong

    November 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm

  3. Beautiful photos! And BAM what an artist statement! My little cousins saw the postcard you sent…the 10 year old said “That little girl’s sad, NO, MAD, orrrr Confused?! Now, I’m confused.” Love it! Wish I could be with you to celebrate your success!


    November 4, 2009 at 6:30 pm

  4. Thanks Steve! The photos won’t all be posted due to permissions, but I’ll most definitely share them with you when I see you next! London? Charlottesville? Italy? Who knows where that will be…


    November 4, 2009 at 6:31 pm

  5. yo cat – hi from way back when – this is AWESOME. love the science + art union.

    kris caudle

    November 6, 2009 at 9:12 am

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