Everted Sanctuaries: Increments of Silence

By Ryan Lewis

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Here are some images from my recent MFA Thesis exhibition, which would not have been possible without @Lab support. Thanks also to Nathan for his help. Here’s my abstract from the exhibition:

Everted Sanctuaries: Increments of Silence

Eversion is a biological term for the ability of an organism to turn itself inside out. For example, a sea cucumber can eject its internal organs to distract attacking predators. The sea cucumber sacrifices these vital functions for the possibility of escape. However, this incurs a cost of the time and energy required to regrow those vital functions. Eversion, though seemingly counterproductive, is deployed at critical moments to allow the sea cucumber to achieve its highest priority—survival.

Many introverts have become adept at temporarily everting their personalities to function in extroverted contexts within U.S. culture. This masquerade often puts great stress on the individual. Cultural, educational, and professional environments do not often provide introverts the intervals of sanctuary necessary to revitalize themselves. But extroversion is not the worldwide status quo. The comparatively introverted cultures of East Asia contrast with the more extroverted cultures of many Western countries such as the U.S. These introverted cultures often emphasize careful thought and reflection before speech. This collection of visual essays promotes understanding of introversion to encourage further consideration of its personal, cultural, professional, and educational benefits.





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