Phenotype is a series of self-portraits that began as an exploration into my diverse genetic heritage. I approached the process by referencing ancestral family photos, my ethnic heritage, and researching scientific lists of recessive and dominant genes. Through the application of make-up, wigs, and Photoshop I altered my appearance again and again, each time with different combinations of possible physical attributes. The process of reimagining my appearance created an altered sense of identity and mindset. During the transforming, photographing, and editing of this work more questions about self arose: “Who is this woman?”, “Based on her appearance, how is her life different from mine?”, and “What ethnic group does she identify with?” The deep connection between our appearance, heritage, and identity emerged as the overlying theme for this body of work.