Carol Wyss

 In the Eye of the Beholder

This series of 12 etchings are images of human bones resembling faces. It started with bones in my studio seemingly looking at me - a known psychological phenomenon ‘Pareidolia’, seeing faces in inanimate objects. My response was to look back and make these ‘faces’ visible via drawing, photography and etching. I became interested in the role of masks which whether sacred, practical, or playful have throughout history helped understand what it means to be human, because they allow one to imagine what it is like to be transformed into a different identity.

As an installation the 12 etchings are mounted on stands at eye level in a circular arrangement facing inwards. When the viewer steps into the circle he/she are both looking and being looked at.