Everted Sanctuaries: Visualizing Introversion

By Ryan Lewis.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: November 3, 2016 $US5.00

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 some vital functions for ultimate survival. Similarly, many introverts have become adept at temporarily everting their personalities to function in extroverted contexts. This masquerade often puts great stress on an individual. Cultural, educational, and professional environments do not often provide introverts the intervals of sanctuary necessary to revitalize themselves. In “Everted Sanctuaries,” the author investigated the ability of the moving image to convey the complex needs of introverts. Informed by a framework of personality theory and psychological studies, the author visualized an introvert’s transition to temporary extrovert through object transformation, kinetic sculpture, material, stop-motion, and sound. This work was evaluated through critique and observation and compiled into an interactive exhibit. In “Everted Sanctuaries,” transformed objects become metaphors to exhibit the often-uncomfortable process of becoming uncharacteristically extroverted. Though experiential in its approach, the results demonstrate the value of image in communicating the intangible complexity of feeling and emotion. “Everted Sanctuaries” seeks to establish the importance of sanctuary for introverts and encourages understanding of personality differences.

Keywords: Introversion, Personality, Visualization, Metaphor, Art, Graphic Design,, Visual Communication, Exhibition, Animation, Stop-Motion

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2017, pp.11-37. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: November 3, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.567MB)).

Ryan Lewis

Assistant Professor, Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA