Recognition Memory is a body of work created by superimposing glazing layers of aerosol acrylic paint on ink and pastel drawings.
The series explores the human ability to perceive an image ‘s properties, such as form and colour, and apply semantic attributes to it. The process of Recognition involves creating a visual representation of an image in our mind, which is matched in our memory to attribute meaning.
These hazy portraits challenge the viewer, as the process of face recognition becomes more difficult, semantic associations become more important.
Neurons involved in face recognition are in close contact with neurons responsible to encode concepts, which respond in a very abstract way to faces. That’s how our brain goes from a perception-driven representation of face features to a memory-driven representation of concepts: meaning is attributed to each feature and qualities such as gender, identity, and appearance are translated on assumptions based on previous experiences, cultural beliefs and values.