Parsons Challenge #3

Those salt and pepper shakers at the diner, that handrail on the escalator in the mall, those 100 year old books at the local library, that table in the school cafeteria, those dollar bills from the convenience store, that doorknob of the public bathroom. All of these objects are exposed to hundreds of people every single day–drenched in fingerprints, crawling about the surfaces like invisible insects. All of these locations have been occupied and touched an infinite amount of times. People have visited major cities and towns across the world and have, at some point been in the same place, leaving behind a mark–a fingerprint. A memory and mark of their existence; the unseen fingerprints left behind are the only proof of being at that one place. The dollar bill is one of the most touched objects in the world. This basic essential to our society contains the stories of the different hands that had once held it. The different homes, cultures and lifestyles that it has passed through become a part of the past as soon as a new set of fingerprints claims it. The very dollar bill that lies within your hands could have traveled across the country and back, through the mountain towns of the Rocky’s and through the bustling city of Manhattan. To convey this belittled fact, my picture portrays a girl holding a dollar bill at the edges, covering the majority of her face only to leave her eyes in view. The absence of her identity leads to the concept of the unknown, as the many hands and fingerprints left behind on a dollar bill are unheard of.

Parsons Challenge #2

At a simple glance each person, on this planet we’ve come to call Earth, can be differentiated by their unique physical features. Hair. Height. Race. Gender. Genes are what sets each of us apart and makes us who we are, although, the ultimate divider in all of mankind lies right at the tip of our fingers. Fingerprints are a rare mark that can be used to identify people, although, this differs from traditional identification. A fingerprint cannot be imitated such as a fake license. Not one person will ever have a fingerprint identical to anyone else and no matter what; this form of identity can never be taken away. It’s almost like a sense of pride that one can claim their own that no one else will ever have or take from them.

Jon Bon Jovi once said, “Each one of you has something no one else has, or has ever had: your fingerprints, your brain, your heart. Be an individual. Be unique. Stand out. Make noise. Make someone notice. That’s the power of individuals.” I drew a fingerprint with this quote as the lines. I feel that people have forgotten their individuality and the fact that everyone is different and special in their own way. Each fingerprint is unique just like every person is and the characteristics that set people apart should be embraced. Everyone seems to be conforming to society and their perception of how to act, what to wear and generally how to live life. It’s important to be yourself.

Parsons Challenge #1

People leave an everlasting impression on the lives of others just as fingerprints leave an invisible mark. In my painting I portrayed this by drawing a human heart and stamping it with fingerprints. The fingerprints represent how easily and often people affect others although no one will see it. Covering the entire span of the heart, they show that no area is unvisited. Like fingerprints, unity is intangible, but its presence is not to be dismissed. The affect people have on each other is so great, yet overlooked and invisible to the human eye. Basking in the radiance of modern society it seems that the simplest, most pure, acts of kindness cling to the minds of other’s much more than one may think. All of the people that each of us encounter contributes to the melting pot of what makes us who we are. Every concurrence between two people, no matter how insignificant, they will have an impact on each other’s lives. People are subconsciously affected by others, covered and changed by everyone they meet, in these ways we are like fingerprints. Covering the surface with a trace of our identity, we alter its presence, even if just the slightest, microscopic bit. For good or for bad, our experiences, salutations and actions leave those whom we come across slightly altered.