Asta Fedaravičiūtė

Identification - traces of time

2007

When creating the work “Identification-traces of time” I was interested in human-being and his existence and identification. I wanted to find out the essential differences in the teeth of living and dead person and the features according to which personal identity is established.

From a criminal point of view the teeth are a clear element of the human body, retaining its features even if exposed to high temperatures as well as decay-resistant and able to persist for thousands of years. Based on these features, it is possible to determine the age and identity of individuals even after some time. Identification tasks are solved with the help of both the inherent and subsequently acquired features – resulting from dental work, diseases or mechanical damage.

I formed the image of the work by using the real human X-ray photographs, featuring the image where both jaws and teeth are visible. The cycle consists of four works that reflect the main stages of human life: childhood, youth (author’s teeth), maturity and old age. The teeth have specific features during these stages; their condition changes from the childhood to the old age. Scientists believe this process occurs due to the regular changes in dental tissues resulting from constant temperature fluctuations, the use of hot drinks, etc.

The works are woven with computer-controlled jacquard loom because weaves can be used to create a realistic photographic image. I used fluorescent fishing line for the weft, which produces maximum impression of an x-ray photograph. To strengthen the impression even more, I illuminated the works with the neon light.

This is the Bachelor’s diploma work. Supervisor Assoc. Prof. D. Valentaitė

Technique: weaving with computer-controlled jacquard loom

Materials: cotton, fluorescent fishing line

Dimensions: 4 parts: 70 x1 58 cm, 70 x 153 cm, 70 x 173 cm, 70 x 165 cm