FACE book asks, “what does ‘friend’ mean?” now that FB has usurped the term. I had Shutterfly print the profile photos of all of my FB friends and I then arranged them in a photo album collaged with adages about friendship. As a throwback to when we once put our life events, friends, and family photos in albums, it seeks to make the temporal image permanent and therefore instill an importance and even sacredness by the act of preserving it.
FACE book also speaks to making ourselves vulnerable with all the sharing that we do--that I can take people's images, even those I’m not friends with, and print them, edit them, essentially do whatever I want with them, is a bit disconcerting. We are just learning how to handle the dark side of this technology. Digital natives share far more personal information than immigrants in general.
Kristen M. Watson's work focuses on conceptual installations and intuitive painting that begin with concentrated introspection and behavioral observation rooted in her study of spirituality and social psychology. Her art explores how thought, spirituality, and culture (currently digital culture) affect human behavior and relationships. See more at www.kristenmwatson.com