A photo essay and artists book pertaining to feminism and agency through the female form and abstraction.
Visual landscapes are rendered through abstraction of the female form to the point of desexualization. This project was created in response to sexual harassment in order to reclaim sexual agency and autonomy in the face of patriarchal oppression and abuse.
Assemblage (Japan) is a completed readymade piece consisting of collected ephemera from my trip to Japan, serving as an unconventional physical document of my visit. Without the use of photography or written word, an experience of a place is documented through time stamps on the salvaged receipts and various media aggregated during my two weeks in Japan. A small homage to Marcel Duchamp's concept of the readymade is highlighted within the piece by means of a red wax pencil.
Footpath is a photo essay documenting my travels in Tokyo, Kyoto and Kamakura through curated photos taken unintentionally. Presenting them in their unedited states of blurriness and lack of composition lends the photos a distinct visual language.
On Working is an ongoing long term print project wherein every morning before I start work, using the office's supplies and equipment, for over 1 year and a half I have printed a single page that either says "I went to work today." or "I skipped work today". The mundanity of corporate office work is documented in its complete banality and inconsequentiality. The inability to differentiate one day from another aside from whether I went to or was absent from the office speaks to the vapid nature of corporate drudgery. This project for me is a tongue-in-cheek, light-hearted, and personal meditation on my disillusionment after graduating from Parsons.
Servo is a series using an Arduino and code to create compositions at random that mimic hand-rendered brushstrokes. This project is continued in an ongoing second series taking the machine-rendered compositions and emulating their rendering style on canvas at large scale using only human brushstrokes, thereby serving as the inverse process. Updates forthcoming.
Every living thing in the world is in a state of decay. However, destruction and dissolution do not always have negative connotations. This duality of destruction yielding a new, positive form dates as far back as the ancient Hindu god Shiva; known as “the destroyer and regenerator” because of his responsibility to destroy the world and create a new one.
I began with the ideas of a life cycle, the inevitablity of demise, and eternality. This project manifested first as a book, which follows a narrative about death. I then burned the book, thereby transmuting it, serving as the expiry of the form. Taking the ashes that remained and reconstituting them in UV silkscreen medium, I then silkscreened posters. I then created a website that documents the book since it no longer tangibly exists, as well as provides access to the other digital components of the project. The inclusion of video and generative design inspire interactivity, and elucidate that these ideas are amorphous.
Integrating these concepts associated with living organisms into the design process causes designers to be subject to nature’s influence of decay, transmutation and reactivity. This idea of embracing natural, experiential change echoes the fundamental concepts inherent to the many Eastern philosophies which heavily influence and inspire the work that I create. The Art of Dying suggests introspection on the ephemerality of every thought, object, and institution we know. This project explores, probes, and analyzes our transient existence and the decaying relics we leave behind.
What You See (is what we allow)
Collaborative project in partnership with creative writer Adam Knowles.
With only five major corporations controlling 90% of the content we consume, and with the impending Net Neutrality Law threatening to alter the way we receive content online, the issue of content control has never been more pressing. The internet is challenging everything we knew about content ownership, with both creator and consumer being ripped off by the middle man: iTunes, GoogleBooks, Amazon, etc. In the end, the consumer gets the right to view content rather than own it, and the creator only gets a fraction of a dollar for his or her labor.
“What You See (Is What We Allow)” explores the themes of ownership, rights, corporate control of ideas, and the subversion of subversive content with a wink and a sneer. Rendered in a style reminiscent of underground zine culture, with the inclusion of a further means of encrypting ideas via ultra violet printing and 1960s punch cards, “What You See (Is What We Allow)” manages to be both informative and entertaining, and provides an introduction to the complicated subject of content control.
A program rendered in Processing that generates a random abstract image using a range of 10 grayscale values.
An editorial piece written, illustrated and designed by me, which focuses on Brooklyn Michelin Star restaurant Pok Pok.
By experimenting in the lab with various colourful bacteria, I was able to print multiple letterforms; some of which are UV reactive due to being printed with ecoli containing Green Fluorescent Proteins (GFP) or Blue Fluorescent Proteins (BFP). This alternative biological printing medium offers new options in the place of conventional printing inks.
This book is a creative solution for the treatment of two different types of content. The first half of the book is an interview with the Japanese author Haruki Murakami taken from the New York Times, and the second is a short story by Murakami himself. The book is Japanese bound and french folded to evoke the subtlety and elegance of Japanese design and the two different pieces of writing are separate, but contained within the same book.
Kaleidoscope is a magazine for girls featuring writing, photography, illustrations, music, and videos. Covering fashion, art, romance, and self-confidence, Kaleidoscope is a magazine for edgy, creative, unique young women.
Radiolab, with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, is a radio show and podcast weaving stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries.
My design challenge with this project was to create visual companions to the podcasts. Two issues resulted from my transcriptions of the podcasts; one about the allure of the world's favorite numbers, the other about the deterioration of language with the onset of Alzheimer's in renowned author Agatha Christie.
A collection of essays by designer and author Craig Mod.
This project was rendered in Processing, and consists of an audio visualizer which graphically depicts the audio landscapes of 3 different songs by The Beatles. The first 3 images show the upbeat energy of "I'm Looking Through You", the next 3 show the heavy psychedelics of "Only A Northern Song", and the last three depict the sombre energy of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". Using overlay, the progressions and developments of the different compositions resemble complex cityscapes, and offer an alternative perspective on musical composition.
A website and app designed as a creative solution to time management. Through extensive user research and testing the app was created for ease of use on the go to serve the needs expressed by the users.