Ross School - Senior Projects 2012


Student: Paulina Keszler

Mentor: Alexis Martino

Domain: Visual Arts

Faculty Grader: Kenneth Sacks



Documentation of Product


Title:  Egomania


I curated an art show of self-portraits for my Senior Project. The show included work from Ross School faculty and students, as well as campers from the Southampton Fresh Air Home. I took this project as an opportunity to explore the idea of the self through many different lenses, such as science, philosophy, and visual arts.




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Exhibition & Presentation Summary


Power Point

In my presentation I talked about the workshops I held at the Fresh Air Home. I gave a brief over view of how the camp is broken up into 4 different age groups. In these workshops, each age group would come in and we would play games, do arts and crafts, and theatrical practices.


A very large part of my project was my Artist Statement. It sums up the entirety of my project:


Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.”

- Henry Van Dyke, The Prison and the Angel


This body of work was inspired by my work with the children from the fresh air home. I realized, through working with them, that identity, the self, and the soul are so intertwined yet so separate. They had so many physical struggles but were able to transcend physical handicaps and express their inner awesomeness.


When someone refers to “the self,” who and what do they mean? Is the self who see? Or is the self who others see? I am obsessed with ideas and personal philosophies that frame identity, mine and yours.


I have asked many questions… I researched the philosophers Descartes, Hume, and Kierkegaard. I looked at symbols and visual metaphors, neuroscience and the relationship between the mind and brain. I am still in search of the question of the self and who we define it, both through our own eyes and others’.


The selection of art are self portraits of people whom I have daily dealings with; in some cases I have collaborated with them and in others it was representations of their past, some of their present, and some are fragments of the soul and the collective. “






Interview with Kenneth Sacks

Interview with Carleton Schade

Interview with Ned Smyth

Discussions with Alexis Martino