Jennifer Crupi is externalizing body language cues—some iconic, some more insidious—with wearable armature. Largely made with sleek aluminum parts, these tools recall a medical grammar of the early 20th century: braces, stirrups, or dentistry tools. So the emotionality of their gestures comes as a gorgeous surprise:
Her “Posture Gauge—Chin” measures chin placement and its associated degrees of extroversion or introversion—higher, up to + 3, for the more social among you, and lower, to – 3, for more solo types.
Her Ornamental Hand is made to position palm and fingers in the precise classical gestures of western figurative painting—an acquired repose.
And Crupi tackles some of the iconic body gestures and postures of guarded and unguarded moments. Even when we know these gestures as types, even when we modulate our faces and voices, these arrangements of limbs persist in universally betraying our emotions:
This Power Gesture is “an implement that requires the user to assume the authoritative ‘steepled fingers.'”
And these posture-performers come with their own architecture, a home where they live when they’re not worn. But they’re never passive. Crupi writes that, at rest, “the pieces hang on frosted acrylic displays that resemble mirrors and have on their surface the dotted outline of a person assuming the same posture. The slightly reflective surface of the acrylic allows viewers to see their own posture, as they ‘fill in’ the outline form with their reflection. The warm tones of the frameless displays seek to evoke the character of the gestures as well.”