Icelandic Artist Conveys Deep Anxiety about Teeth

Although we encourage you to get your implant dentures here in Wichita Falls, there are some reasons to travel to Dallas, such as the art scene. And among the interesting art you might find there is a small exhibition that includes work by the Icelandic artist Melkorka Korkimon.

Although she’s a young artist, her work is promising, and it currently seems to circle around concerns related to teeth.

Any Teeth but Her Own

Korkimon presents her art with little commentary, so we have to interpret it as we see it. The focal piece of the Dallas exhibition, titled Intersection and being held at the Goss-Michael Foundation, is Toothbrush. Toothbrush is a concrete cast that is something like a comb of uneven teeth, set on the opposite side with wax teeth. These wax teeth are very irregular in shape and very crooked, jutting out at strange angles. The seven foot-long sculpture is suspended from the roof by rope. This sculpture seems so central to Korkimon that she even has a matching tattoo, as shown on her Instagram.

Trying to make sense of this fascination by looking at her Instagram, it’s clear to see that her fascination with teeth is in opposition to her reluctance to show her own teeth. Where most Instagram accounts are full of smiling pictures, Korkimon rarely smiles, showing her teeth really only once in an exaggerated growl. This doesn’t exactly seem because there’s anything wrong with the appearance of her teeth. They seem quite straight and attractive when they do show. But perhaps it’s because she has a distorted sense of their appearance, or of their crookedness. In at least one of the images from the Instagram, it seems that she has had orthodontic work done (with lingual orthodontic work ongoing on her upper teeth), and that maybe this hasn’t been a pleasant experience. The image of her braces is captioned, “All going to hell in my mouth.”

When Korkimon does represent teeth, they are often, as in Toothbrush, very crooked, gapped, overlapping, and often discolored. They express her anxiety about the past and current health and appearance of her teeth. It may also reflect her sense that orthodontic treatment didn’t cure her tooth problems, but merely displaced them.

Are You Unhappy with Your Teeth

Artists can often draw off their personal anxiety and discomfort to create valuable art that expresses these feelings so that others can better understand them. But for most of us, anxiety and discomfort are to be avoided.

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile, there’s no reason why you should have to live with it. Cosmetic dentistry offers many options.  Discolored teeth can be treated with teeth whitening. And maybe if you’re unhappy with the prospect of orthodontics, porcelain veneers might be a better approach to straightening your teeth.

Nor does the experience of fixing your teeth have to be unpleasant. At StarImage Dentistry, we offer comfortable orthodontic options like Invisalign. And sedation dentistry can help if anxiety makes it hard for your to make dental appointments for needed or desired dental care.

To learn more about how we can make getting the smile you desire a pleasant experience, please call 940-322-2252 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at StarImage Dentistry in Wichita Falls.

By |August 24th, 2017|Cosmetic Dentistry|