Forming Process: Design Through Layered Visual Systems and Multiple Collection Methods (2009) is the culminating synthesis of my MFA Thesis study. The following images are from the thesis document currently stored in the MFA Thesis Collection at Rhode Island School of Design Fleet Library.
Connect is an exploration of how family, friends and colleagues think about connection. The contributions were from people of different ages and occupations, and demonstrated how we are connected to one another. This project challenges the viewer to contemplate how we move through a document and how we connect with it. Are certain pages more loved than others? Are certain connections more apparent than others? Although I developed a systematic approach of image placement and numbering for this project, the order in which the document is read is the decision of the reader. The ability to move through this book in a non-linear way allows for chance to create new connections, and ultimately exposes the deeper meanings embedded in those connections.
Mergers is an inquiry into the incestuous world of corporate America. It is also a study in pattern and identity. The website, theyrule.net, referenced in Mergers, offers insight into corporate America. It shows links between companies through their Board of Directors. Did you ever feel like the corporate machine was somehow connected, and out to get you? Well, it turns out, it really is out to get you. This collection of patterns exposes the connections, but offers a new solution by revealing these connected identities and giving them visual context.
Adaptation of Fit
Adaptation of Fit is a study of two different ways of writing in order to gain content for the graphic expression of a book. I began by extracting relevant points from the chapter, Goodness of Fit in Christopher Alexander's, Notes on the Synthesis of Form. By using these excerpts as guides I was able to fashion the text to become my own. Beginning again with the Alexander text, I extracted words taken from a moment of pause. I then formed sentences which developed another narrative and began to fill in the spaces missing from the first endeavor. There were now two cohesive pieces of writing which supported my thesis ideas.
What Did They Say?
What Did They Say? is a poster series in which six different newspapers from September 13, 1993, running a story about the signing of the Palestinian Peace Accord, provide the content to form a graphic expression. Two different organizational structures were used to reveal the most pertinent information to the viewer. One was the assigning of a specific color to each newspaper, the second was an over-printing system. Over-printing excerpts from each newspaper, in different colors onto a single poster, allowed for the most important messages to show through. But what was most interesting was trusting the merge of the two systems, and inviting serendipity in the visual result.
In Memory Of... was a public art installation in Providence, RI, which used the vernacular style of the instant memorial to create awareness and curiosity about memory. Three secular memorials were placed in different areas of the city and provided pencils, paper, and a place to leave/make a memory. The memorials were meant to provoke thought about what it is to memorialize and the goal was for the viewer/participant to remember. Memories were recorded, archived and returned to the boxes, which eventually disappeared from their respective sites. The physical memorial fades as memory does.