Ke Cui


Puzzled

Each one of us is alone in the world. We seek pitifully to convey to others the treasures of our heart, but they have not the power to accept them, and so we go lonely, side by side but not together, unable to know our fellows and unknown by them.

— W. Somerset Maugham

People think differently. Conversations with friends of varied backgrounds and cultures reveal that one word might elicit a different reaction or idea from everyone. We think individually, but exist as a unit. Just as irregular forms in a jigsaw puzzle fit together to form an orderly square.

For my Visual Thesis project PUZZLED, I chose to explore this visually. With the jigsaw puzzle as a guiding metaphor, I invited my classmates to give me their first thought when they heard the word puzzled. My project is the visual interpretation of their descriptions, as each image is an illustration of their individual response.
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