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We know each other by our faces.  But how can you see the face of the past?  I didn’t know what prosopagnosia is when I painted this.  Sometimes instead you just heed your instincts and follow the forms as they appear.

Prosopagnosia (sometimes called face blindness) is a cognitive inability to recognize faces in someone with otherwise unimpaired vision.

Here it’s a visual metaphor for a distant past and the persons who lived in it, whose faces we cannot see clearly because they live in a perpetual realm of mystery and unknowingness.

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I learned about prosopagnosia from reading various books by Oliver Sacks.

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