Hand-cut collages on hand-cut teeth representing the old psychological theory of 'the four temperaments,' the idea that there are four fundamental personality types. Part of a larger series centered around the symbolism of teeth.
EMILY VAN RYN
A collection of works I made in my senior year of high school, complimentary to my ULTRAVIOLET series.
Teeth are a recurring symbol in my work, and I draw their meaning from Jungian dream interpretation. Teeth in my work and in the context of my other work relate to concepts of female aggression, fear of aging and the idea that as women age they become less desirable and therefore less visible. Teeth to me also generally represent anxiety and/or anger- two emotional experiences I touch throughout my body of work.