Impressions/Identities

This is an installation that was done in 2001 and the result of a year-long collaborative collection. The idea started after the installation of MMImpressions. I sent out a postcard with a picture of that installation and a short statement on the back requesting thumbprints from anyone that was interested. Here is a small segment from the text on the postcard:

I am interested in humans as a group that simultaneously have similar characteristics and different qualities. How are we all unique and special in terms of the choices we make and our physical presence?... Please create a thumbprint(s) for my collection of human identities. There are only four small requirements that I ask:
1. The impression be of your thumb, reflecting your physical identity.
2. Your impression be made of some malleable and permanent three-dimensional  material.
3. The final choices as to how your impression is fired, finished, colored, etc. should reflect your personal identity through the choices you make.
4. Think about the number of impressions that you submit.

The result was over 1,000 people and a few animals donating their thumbprints to a collection of approximately 7,000 thumbprints. I designed the room, built the tables, and placed all the thumbprints in the installation you see here.

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Impressions/Identities
Full view - North
2,000 sq. ft. room



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Full view - South
2,000 sq. ft. room



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Right side of tables




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