Stunning Installation Represents Life in Abstract Patterns

Artist Laurie Frick says that numbers are abstract concepts and our recognition of a pattern is intuitive. We have the ability to sense something's repetition and frequency, but are taught numerals. Despite the ease in which we understand patterns, our lives are documented with digits, like how long the commute to work takes, or the amount of money spent on lunch. Instead of expressing events in numbers, Frick experiments with patterns that mark the condition of our daily selves, something she calls "human data portraits." Using 3D printing and laser cutters, intricate designs are carved in wood and suspended from the ceiling in this installation titled Walking, Eating, Sleeping.

Frick's art is layered and stacked, featuring patterns encased in rectangular compositions. They vary by piece and abstractly depict how groups of people experience things in a day. Walking, for instance, looks like a map of a city, with gridded roads and clusters of buildings. The work is hung at different levels and directions, referencing multiple lives and timelines. They are a visual record of how we feel, our stress level, and mood. The result of Frick's findings produce beautiful cutouts that are enjoyed both intellectually as well as aesthetically.

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January 23, 2017

Makeup Artist Raises Mental Health Awareness With New #InsideOutChallenge

Canadian beauty blogger Yasaman Gheidi is using her makeup skills to spread mental health awareness with her new #InsideOutChallenge. While makeup can be fun and glamorous, Gheidi shows us a different side by using products to transform her face into a mirror for what’s within. The project came about after the 27-year-old self-taught beauty blogger left her staff Christmas party early due to an anxiety attack.

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