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Tanner Todd, Untitled, 2020, digital photograph, photoshop

This media file is attached to: Paragon Arts Gallery Student Exhibition Online 2020

This image was created as part of a portrait/self portrait assignment where I interrogated how personal artifacts influence perception. As someone with a cochlear implant, I spend most of my time with a visual indicator of my hearing loss on the side of my head. Without a battery this implant only weighs 3.9 grams, and yet it's able to influence a person's perception of me in a split second. With this image I wanted to explore how personal artifacts, like my implant, are able to influence perception and the role these artifacts play in forming a "genuine" perception of a person.