"Upon first observation of this photograph, two aspects significantly caught my attention. The dominant role of “the smile” and the use of “ice”. I became interested in the gesture of the smile, the power it holds and the effect it can have on people. Personally, it reflects feelings of warmth, welcome and comfort.
I planned to respond to this photograph by using the media of ice, and the gesture of the smile. I aimed to create a piece reflecting an unfamiliar quality of “the smile”, something cold, gruesome and revolting and at the same time signifying notions of pain and risk.”