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MMT – Surface Distortion – Ex 4 – Incremental & Twisted Pleats – Teeth

Teeth! This image was just too good to not fold, just what could I do with this! 

I made lots of folds and once the folds were rough and thin I sprayed the back of the image with some blue acrylic paint so it soaked through the folds to the front.


I then has some fun twisting and turning the image. Making the teeth move as if the mouth was opening and closing.


And then getting up close so the gums were closer and looking swollen and slightly slimy. 


Then far away so the fingers look huge and almost in your face whilst the teeth are receding into the background. Are the racks of teeth plastic or real?


I wanted to manipulate the image more, making it more abstract whilst still keeping some hint of the teeth.


Finally at this stage I just made them look creepy, with just a touch of alien about them.


After I’d taken the photographs of the folded paper, using different angles and lighting to alter the image further on from the folding I used some iPhone editing apps to throw some different colour and texture into the mixture.

One of my MMT challenges is to learn how to better explain my reasons for liking and disliking an image. This is what I wrote in my sketchbook about folded photograph of false teeth.

“What appeals to me?

“The macabreness and strangeness of the teeth, it’s a normalising and mechanising of the essential naturalness of teeth. To take something that is so unique (dental records are after all used as a maker for identification) and to record and categorise so many of the individual pieces is such a human process. The simple hospital blue colour palette allows the pinkness of the gums to stand out and highlight the teeth”

Staying with the creepy feel I applied an invert filter to give the effect of an x-ray, the cooling of the colours actually made the teeth less unpleasant to look at.


Using green as the dominant colour then warmed the image and made it easier to identify the lines that make up the image. Highlighting these lines creates a grid of interesting shapes .


This final image is my favourite, I like the composition: the way the thumb nail acts as a focal point drawing the eye and then allowing it to run down the 2 sides of the images and finally ending with the teeth. The use of the painting effect filter defined the fold lines, segmenting the image adding fractures that gives energy.


I hope my teeth (their not mine I promise) haven’t grossed you out and the few puns dotted about have not had you rolling your eyes too much!

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