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Beyond the Obvious

Jenifer Thoem's avatar Jenifer Thoem

Do we have to master SELF-awareness before we can show empathy? Can empathy be learned? Can too much self-awareness be a bad thing? Do we teach our children to care about others before we teach them how to love themselves? The Rouge test, performed by psychologists, is meant to measure self-recognition in very young children. A red dot is placed on the child’s nose and the child is placed in front of a mirror to determine if he recognizes himself in the reflection. Although noses are the center, and often times defining characteristic of our face, when placed on the wall in mass, at varied sizes and depths, our mind’s eye struggles to fill in the blank about what they are. The obvious is not always easily recognized, nor is our own reflection at various points in our lives. As I raise two amazing teenage girls, I am constantly reminded of how much emphasis society places on appearance and just how distorted the mirror and our mind becomes when evaluating our own reflection.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 2"-6"
  • Medium: ceramic
  • Width: 3'-50'
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 2'-100'