Password: Axz1UgR23qA

Password: Axz1UgR23qA

Oil on Canvas 8”x10”

Password: EcvCO1aNwpO1MssY

Password: EcvCO1aNwpO1MssY

Oil on Canvas 8”x10”

Password: UNcxP3sRoED8yICTAaaBI8LI gv47TY

Password: UNcxP3sRoED8yICTAaaBI8LI gv47TY

Oil on Canvas 8”x10”

Password: Ns9EaW-BxzE1jGINv6NppINGS

Password: Ns9EaW-BxzE1jGINv6NppINGS

Oil on Canvas 8”x10”

Password: La1OC6KssDddOW9jN

Password: La1OC6KssDddOW9jN

Oil on Canvas 8”x10”

Password: TRAcNt7SFORggM6dccATytt8IOkkN

Password: TRAcNt7SFORggM6dccATytt8IOkkN

Oil on Canvas 8”x10”

Password: M4gAx5NhhMAnnDE

Password: M4gAx5NhhMAnnDE

Oil on Canvas 8”x10”

Password: Eju8COgh1LjOGii9Y

Password: Eju8COgh1LjOGii9Y

Oil on Canvas 8”x10”

Password: T2RdtyAVEvvL8wmING

Password: T2RdtyAVEvvL8wmING

Oil on Canvas 8”x10”

Password: CssLA3t6RIghTo3Y

Password: CssLA3t6RIghTo3Y

Oil on Canvas 8”x10”

Identities

Identities

Installation view

Password: 2mil10y7

Password: 2mil10y7

Oil on Canvas 68"x 60"

Password: Pvd 19

Password: Pvd 19

Oil on Canvas 36"x 52"

Password:Pvd18

Password:Pvd18

Acrylic on Canvas 36"x 52"

Password: Intolerance

Password: Intolerance

Acrylic on Canvas 36" x 36"

In the Passwords and Identities series, Pezzino explores in detail how individuals can alter their identities—how we can change our online personas as we craft our digital presence. As everyday activities such as banking, shopping, learning, working and social interactions shift to new online platforms, we have the ability to recreate our identities and the versions of ourselves that we present to the world. How and why do we do this?

Pezzino’s work considers the fluid nature of these online identities. Passwords grant or deny access to information. A password is the first fingerprint that the individual lays down as he or she considers the online persona that will develop from that moment on. Do passwords tell us more about the hopes and intentions of online users as they present their personas to new and various audiences, or do passwords disclose more important information about the user’s true self?

How do passwords serve to grant us access to online and digital worlds—and how do they present as barriers that deny access to our true identities?

In 2020, as our headlines are dominated by discussions about AI, data breaches, internet privacy concerns, and sophisticated online disinformation campaigns meant to manipulate public opinion, Pezzino’s series feels timely and consequential.

Passwords and Identities