[Image: Bethany Millns, photographed by Judie Waldmann]
What Are Basal Tears?
Basal tears are constant tears, which stop our eyes from drying out.
The Basal tears only pause when we sleep, then begin again when we wake.
The human body produces an average of 1.2 ml of these continuous basal tears each day. Basal tears drain through the nose, through the nasal cavity.
Central Idea to Explore
We thought about the quality of basal tears, which is that they are continuous, except when we sleep.
We explored the idea of moving all of the time, except when we sleep, so showing this sleep in a pause or stop.
We explored the idea of creating movements about blinking.
These could be small gestures with the hands, shaping the movements on the face.
These could be changing or repeated movements.
Then these movements can be put together with pauses to illustrate the pause of basal tears in sleep.