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I to Eye
Read My Face

Our encounters usually begin with polite inquires: How are you? How’s it going? And yet our face often reveals the answer better than our words. Identifying facial expressions is a significant part of human communication, helping us understand and respond to each other better. Research has found there to be seven universal facial expressions for expressing disgust, anger, fear, sadness, happiness, surprise, and contempt. However, as our emotions change so quickly, the expressions we see are not always clear and conclusive.


How do we interpret raised eyebrows, a furrowed brow, or widely opened eyes? Hadas Levi’s paintings depict her son's facial expressions in an exaggerated and amusing manner, raising many questions. Is he happy? Sad? Surprised? Displaying real emotions or pretending?

 באמת?, 2014, צבעי־שמן על בד, אוסף האמנית  משמאל: איתמר, 2014, צבעי־שמן על בד, אוסף אריה דנציגר, תל־אביב

, Hadas Levi, Right:  Really?, 2014, Collection of the artist 
Left: Itamar, 2014, Arye Danziger Collection, Tel Aviv
Oil on canvas

Usually expressions reflect our true feelings, but in the virtual age they are represented by emojis sent through text messages. In Easam Darawshi’s work Virtual Emotions, smiley faces hide real emotions, displaying the ways in which we hide our feelings behind screen and masks.

Look at the facial expression of the person standing next to you. Can you guess what they are feeling?

 

עיסאם דראושה, רגשות וירטואליים, 2014, צבעי־שמן, אקריליק וספריי גרפיטי על בד

Easam Darawshi, Virtual Emotions, 2014. Oil, acrylic, and graffiti spray on canvas, Farid Abu Shakra Collection, Um Al-Fahem