Dawn Harmer

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Neighborhood: SOMA
Group Affiliation: Room & Board

This series poses questions about identity at a time when perceptions and reality isn't cut and dry. With online persona's, avatars over headshots, video chats with filters, social media that only portrays what we choose to share, it gets complicated.

Who am I? Ever asked yourself that question. It’s a bit weird because most of us just go about our daily lives simply living in our skin and not thinking much more about it. So, ask yourself this very question and see what you come up with.

On the surface, identity can be reduced to what’s visible. Facial features, eye color, nose shape, hair color, skin color, height, weight, age. Mathematical algorithms mapping out size and structure to identify each of us. What happens when we can’t see a face? Then how do we define a person’s identity?

These days it’s all about screen time, your social media persona, shopping habits, credit scores, app purchases and news subscriptions, to name a few.

I have different names. Daughter, Mother, Wife, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, Friend, along with exterior features, these are realities. Each of these tells a story of my place in the world. Perception on the other hand is how the outside world sees me and that is beyond my control. I can present all the data I want, but at the end of the day, other’s perceptions are their own.
I exist between the space of my own reality and other people’s perception, yet I am so much more than what can be seen on the surface.

The Space Between Series