2020 BFA THESIS SHOW
BOSTON UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS


























 


HEEYEON KIM

trashidentity.com
Thesis Project


Have you ever thought that garbage reveals a person's identity? Most people judge a person's identity through his or her voice, behavior, appearance, and other external aspects. External is the easiest way to get into the eye to know the person, but is sometimes inaccurate. This idea brought me to question whether or not people could identify the person accurately in other ways, rather than an external factor. My small curiosity led to an experiment on how to accurately identify someone from unexpected objects. Through a long experiment, I discovered that waste can represent a person's identity. Everyday, I collected daily trash such as food disposals, papers, unused objects from garbage in each room and categorized them by person. The collections began to show patterns of life: their interests, daily routine, favor. The food that they like and the ones they use frequently were often found. It was possible to estimate what their tastes are and what their personalities are. I profiled the members of this project and wrote the report as if I were an actual investigator. 

My senior thesis project is to depict that different perspectives of thinking and experimenting can lead to better ideas and strategies. Approaching the subject of identity through a unique perspective created a surprising outcome.