Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Vermont College of Fine Arts, October 2013.
Here I present my thesis project in three parts: thesis document (book), thesis exhibit video, and photos from the exhibit.
Physicists study time through a growing understanding of our cosmos. Their work, while fascinating to me, is outside of my understanding. For me time is a daily mystery, a poem unfolding and changing as I live my life, as profound and real as any scientifically proven theorem.
In my work, I have discovered that designing and making by hand significantly influences my experience of time. Engaging my senses with physical materials grounds me in the moment and helps me to slow time’s breakneck pace, as I experience it in the digital world.
For my thesis studies, I explored human experiences of time through written and visual poetry. Using a typeface I designed by removing segments from a clock face, I experiment with obscuring and revealing meanings. The poems represent a significant investment of hands-on making time, and they require time and focus to read.
The video shows footage of my daily walk during various seasons. Using highly expressive music, I juxtapose the mundane nature of everyday living with the intense highs and lows of my inner life.
The materials and the visual poems also express relationships in time. The vibration of the colors on the canvases and the interaction of lines and shapes echo our human interactions and responses when we encounter one another during our brief time on this planet.