Ross School - Senior Project 2007-08


Student: Franco Cuttica

Mentor: John Messinger





Title: Invisible Identity of Self



In order to have our own life today, we choose differences between people so that we have our own identity. The denial we have of what we are not is arbitrary. In my project I want to show that we are all the same, but different at the same time. To show this, I superimposed my face, through projection, onto three other peoples' faces, revealing a third invisible face. The third face is the relation between the two people. My three final images are framed in large light boxes to show that invisibility is more visible than reality.




Three light boxes about 6 feet 6 inches by 4 feet 8 inches. I constructed the white frames out of molding for houses. The light boxes each have an images which is printed on luminescent paper.










































































My project has to do with identity, and how we create our identity. Humans, we are so conscience of own existence that we cannot help ask an essential question, “Who am I?”


This question is so important to us because if we are not given the opportunity to answer this question by creating our own identity we feel as if we do not exist. We feel like we are nobodies. Non-existence instills fear in us .


I have seen in my own experience that and in various place a similar pattern, that people create their own identity through division, by creating boundaries in between themselves and the other.


Society induces us to deny what we consider we are not. That is why we create our identity by opposition.


I am more myself when the other is more other and if the other is more different I can be more myself .


I believe that this is an antagonistic relation with reality .


I know that this is a false reality that we create from fear that sits on top of a truth making us forget because we cannot see it. For my senior project I want to remind people of what is underneath.


At the end of 11th grade My senior project proposal was to create large format digital prints, with the fundamentals of making known the unknown on obvious things we pass everyday.


These are photographs, I took in the summer, which I do like, but I wasn't necessarily happy with them.


Because I wanted to make a senior project that is a whole. I wanted my project to provoke thought, to change you emotionally, which then changes you physically.


In the middle of the summer I had a vision. A vague idea that I dreamt. I wanted to project my face onto other people. I didn’t know what this meant so I sat down with my family and conversed about. Talking about art is something my family and I have been doing since I was very young. Talking about art is like watching TV or the super bowl for my family. Through conversation my idea turned from an idea to a concept, and from a concept into something I could produce for my new senior project.


In the beginning of my senior year I sat down with my mentor (John Messinger) and discussed my new idea, and he like it a lot more than my previous one. We talked about how to produce it and it went from there.


The invisible identities of self pictures are the images of the relationship in between people.


It is the energy that is ever so present and which can be denied but cant be avoided, because it is changing us always.


Quantum physics says that when an observer, observes a neutron the physical state of a neutron is changed and is no longer the way it used to be.


I feel that this applies to everyday life, because when you meet a person or when a person walks into a room the people change and are no longer the way they used to be.


I want to show with these images that we are all the same but different at the same life .


By the same I mean that we are all part of one life.


Recently in science the seniors have learned that there are people who collect seeds and form seed banks. These people dedicate themselves in collecting seeds in case of a crisis, where we would have a shortage of food, and we can grow food again.


I find these people amazing because they know that the others life is part of their own, and that when they die, the one life will continue. Or when fire fighters risk their life for other people, because they know that if they save the other they save themselves. I want to represent these kinds of people with my images.


I wanted to make the pictures large because I have always found it easier to connect with a larger image. I feel that the physical size of our body in relationship with the piece of art is very important. Each piece is roughly the size of a door. Having it that size, it is like an easy gateway to another state of mind.


Whenever the truth is shown to me, I feel like light arises. I achieve a sense of enlightenment. So using light as a tool, I used light to show the truth.



Works Consulted

Cuttica, Eugene A. Personal interview. Fall 2007.

Cuttica, Lautaro. Personal interview. Nov.-Dec. 2007.

Fox, Connie. Personal interview. Nov.-Dec. 2007.

Gorman, Jenny. Personal interview. Dec.-Jan. 2007.

Klien, Steven. Veredart.Com. Digital image. [Large Horse Images]. 2007. Vered. Sept.-Oct. 2007.

Maritno, Alexis. Personal interview. Dec.-Jan. 2007.

Messinger, John. Personal interview. Fall 2007.

Sharkey-Miller, Kerry. Personal interview. Nov.-Dec. 2007.


Community Member (Details)


My outside consultant was Connie Fox. I had been her assistant (digitally photographed a series of her paintings), and built a close enough artistic connection with her, for her to be my outside consultant. Connie Fox was also one of my great inspirations. She is a local abstract painter. She was born in Colorado in 1925. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and received an MFA in 1947. She continued her training at the Art Center School in Los Angeles. In 1950 she bicycled a thousand miles around Europe for a year. She returned to study at the University of New Mexico where she received a M.A. in 1952. For the next couple decades she moved around a lot and exhibited her work. In 1979, she moved out here to East Hampton, where she continues to live and work. She has had many exhibitions, both solo and group, all around the world.