Hierarchy of Needs: Artist Statement

One of the earliest purposes of the microscope was to logically show that illnesses were not caused by demons, but by things that were indeed explainable. My photo and digital collage project, Hierarchy of Needs, is a visual analysis on both personal and universal fears that tend to suck us into paranoia and irrational thought. When the unknown can be analyzed under a microscope, perhaps we can better grasp our fears.

Using double-depression glass slides on a white surface as the stark, clinical backdrop of each image, two specimens sit in either well. Their significance and relationship to each other is connected to the label on each slide. Corresponding to Maslow’s theory of the Hierarchy of Needs, each slide is then placed in a pyramid in which basic life needs inhabit the bottom, and self-actualization reigns on top.

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