Misreading images with your eyes

Hafiiz Karim
Dec 9, 2013 2:18PM

I did a collection of 16 scenarios I've seen or have come up from my imagination that has a story behind it. The final piece involves a grid collage of these images.

The effect includes wetting a piece of tissue paper of the illustration, then dropping black ink around it. The process of wetting the tissue paper is crucial to this piece because only when the tissue is wet do you see the image. There's this sense of discovery with each wet brush stroke. It almost becomes like the steps you take to get to know the person.

The ink represents the opinions people have when they first meet a person. The final step of adding ink around it symbolises the viewers' opinions, however derogatory it might be. Coming from different cultural backgrounds, these perspectives will eventually cloud the individual who is being watched and judged.

I wanted to engage the viewers to feel like they had to look closer and beneath the tissue layer as a form of a second opinion. In one of the pieces, the lady with the stroller, the image gives a sense of sympathy for the lady.

However, if looked further, especially with the layer of tissue removes, the lady is in fact holding a blade. And we question what the lady is thinking and by doing so, we are judging again. Hence the ink stains represents just that; the label we have given to a particular person stays with them and establishes their identity.

The act of taking a closer look to the image reflects one's removal of their blinders of interest and beliefs and thus, providing them with the sociological vision.

Hafiiz Karim