EMOJIS MEAN EVERYTHING AND THEY MEAN NOTHING AT THE SAME TIME. THEY'RE COMPLETELY PERSONAL AND COMPLETELY UNIVERSAL. THEY'RE REALLY QUITE STUPID. AND THEY'RE THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO MY GENERATION. THEY DESERVE TO BE OBSERVED AND WORSHIPPED INDIVIDUALLY. BY FINDING, POSING AND SCULPTING EMOJIS IN REAL LIFE I'VE CREATED A SET OF SHRINES TO THE INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERS. BECAUSE SOMEBODY HAD TO DO IT.
I did this project because I felt like the tiny 20x20 pixel images we are using every single day deserved to be examined more closely. I honestly think and speak in emoji now, and it hit me one day that I've been taking this new form of communication for granted. We suddenly think texting back and forth for hours with tiny pictures of poop and floppy disks and tongues is normal, like we've been doing this forever. And the crazy thing is, we truly are expressing incredibly real and raw emotions with these things.
I decided to pay homage to the individual characters that hold the most meaning for me, and as ridiculous as that sounds for what are essentially little cartoons, emojis have become an incredibly significant part of our culture and our new language. My project is both a mockery and a tribute to the individual characters that have become so much more to us than tiny pictures on an iPhone screen. I wanted to experiment with taking emojis completely out of their everyday context and analyzing them as beautiful individual subjects with depth to them, and see if people would still recognize them and understand their meaning at a glance.
Emojis are a new universal language that somehow "say" more than we often can with words, and in a fast-paced world where everyone is obsessed with saving time and being entertained and connected constantly, they're the perfect merging of entertainment, functionality and innovation.