Branding
2014
Large Format Print

Branding

The human fingerprint symbolizes identity, furthermore, with the rise of forensic science it shows guilt. For this image I branded my own fingertip with a copper cross. In my mind the resultant image creates a new symbol. The image of the cross superimposed on my fingerprint shows a judgement based on the cross rather than one's own guilt. At the same time this speaks to the role of religion as integrally important to one's identity. It speaks to a history of mortification of the flesh as a religious practice and nods to the purpose surrounding such practices.