It has been over a year since I began this project. I started it because my dental hygienist first told me that the gap in my front teeth was a diastema. She then encouraged me to talk about it through my art. The first volume of photographs will be presented in "The Diastema Project: There is much to be said about a gap-toothed grin..", my first major solo show.
This work juxtaposes the aesthetics of beauty with the obvious physical defect of gapped teeth. Most people who have a gap don't know what it is technically called or are aware of its historical origins. Some folks choose to change it while others wear it proudly with each wide-mouthed smile. We all know of someone that has a diastema. I imagine that those who read this blog or come to the show, will likely recognize it even more in the people they see every day.
There really is much to be said about a gap-toothed grin. Please come and join the conversation about this interesting and provocative subject.
"The Diastema Project: There is much to be said about a gap-toothed grin.."
May 12-September 12, 2014
UROC, University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
2001 Plymouth Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
8-5 p.m. M-F
Reception is June 12th, 5-8 p.m.
UROC, University of MN, Urban Research Outreach & Engagement Center, Minneapolis, MN