By the Skin of One’s Teeth (2022)

Failure is a better teacher than success because it forces you to deal with obstacles and learn something valuable from them. The idiom “by the skin of your teeth” refers to moments in my life where I barely managed to escape from or grow out of. When I think of maturing and growing into a young adult, I assosicate this phase with getting braces as it marked a pivotal shift in my physical appearance. From this idea, I created a tetrapytch of various inidivudals at different stages of their growth through the expression of teeth. The string with the idiom attached resembles floss. Utilizing word play of the literal interpretation of teeth, I attempt to express a range of overcoming personal growth, something that happens barely, yet luckily. 

Graphite pencil on paper