Idiosyncrasies

Habits are a form of behavior that is not only repetitive and universal but often deeply personal. Specifically, my interest is mannerisms in which the behavior is a physical interaction between the subject and their body. A habit can impact our sense of personal identity not only by scaring or marking the body, but also psychologically by its effect on how we are viewed by peers and ultimately our self-perception. The habits were chosen because the subject not only identified with the idiosyncrasy but also expressed it as odd or strange, sometimes even embarrassing. The work creates an opportunity for communication between subject and viewer, capturing a display that is often hidden or short-lived. The price paid by this voyeurism is the uncomfortable sense of the subject’s vulnerability and anxiety, the feeling that they know they are being watched. Through the process of woodcut the repetitive marking of the body is mimicked, as well as scaring, through the preservation of grain pattern and original gouges found in the wood. With my work, each piece stands as a visual manifestation of personal identity.