Prosthesis: lacquered resin
Prosthesis: 2 x 3 11/16 x 1 13/16" x (5.1 x 9.3 x 3 cm); photographs, each: 16 1/2 x 12 3/8" (42 x 31.5 cm)
This rigid prosthesis, shown in a series of portraits, covers the lips and exposes the gums, making communication easier and more explicit by forcing automatic facial expressions, almost grimaces. It was conceived for people who feel insecure about their appearance and their social skills and are therefore compelled to be excessively smart and communicative in every circumstance. As often happens with timid people, awkwardness is replaced by aggressiveness, and the exaggerated teeth-baring smile is a safe conversation-stopper.