Cognitive empathy is the intuition we experience in accurately understanding another’s emotional state. In this project, twenty individuals were asked to interpret and sketch the eyes of a stranger, then to expose their own eyes for someone else to interpret.

Front cover of the zine.

Front cover of the zine.

With participant’s eyes cropped, de-saturated, and shown as an image to the next participant, interpreters were left to rely on cognitive empathy to help visualize other’s emotions and thoughts.

Each visual on the right was drawn by a stranger who interpreted what they saw in the eyes on the left.

Each visual on the right was drawn by a stranger who interpreted what they saw in the eyes on the left.


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