The prompt for this creative act was to “create something using an archetypal pattern or image to inspire you”. An archetype being described as something universally understood. There are a few faces that are known by people all over the world, and my research of polls and online articles came up with a top three: Michael Jackson, Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler. The artist, the good and the bad. Familiar for music, faith and evil, these three faces are immediately recognized globally. I envisioned combining the three faces together, and not being a visual artist I decided to use a computer program. At morphthing.com, I was able to take a photo of Michael Jackson in his later years, Jesus’ face mapped digitally from the Shroud of Turin (as opposed to the iconic image of Jesus often light haired, blue eyed and fair skinned), and a photo of Hitler. A representation of the collective face of humanity.
Michael Jackson in his later years.
Jesus Christ from the Shroud of Turin.
Coloured Adolf Hitler Portrait
The combination of the three. A rough representation of the archetype of face. Time will perhaps replace these figures with another three, as there were others before them—so long as artists have depicted the human face.