smile, 2004
is a video conceived from my personal experiences with strangers, whom all my life have felt compelled to tell me, “you’d look so much prettier if you’d smile”. Reflecting on these quite often occurrences, I decided to take a Baldessari influenced “grin and bear it” approach to documenting myself forcing myself to smile for as long as I could. The result is a 12-minute silent video that hones in on the face as it strains to maintain a smile. Click Here to view a clip of smile in Selected Works.

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