It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and let’s just say I’ve been deep in my exploration space trying to figure out what I’m doing for thesis. My biggest struggle has been trying to define exactly what it is I’m interested in. From the beginning, I knew my thesis would be a formal investigation through a making process. Otherwise the thesis would not be enjoyable for me. But what would drive my making? I wanted to connect it to something I would not get bored with, and would lead me to places I would not expect. So I chose the big loaded field of science.
I initially chose this because I felt the formal images I was making were referencing biology and ecology systems. My background in map making led me to begin to imagine biological maps which might show patterns which show up in our DNA, or allow us to see the composition of our foods. This was all great in theory, but without having done this, it was hard to sketch out what I was doing in a concrete proposal.
Meanwhile, my formal studies were illustrating the morphing of organic and geometric forms, the development of systems to rationalize the chaotic, and a strong pull back towards the modernist grid systems from my undergraduate design training.
Long story short, I decided to frame my thesis through and exploration of the modernist grid, but pushing it beyond the flat, 2D proportions it is currently expressed in. Like biomicry is being explored in architecture, I intend to define a new type of space for my designs. The processes I will use are screenprinting and other hand machined processes, computer generated work through application like processing, and 3D space environments. Use of typography, color, and illustration will continue to be my focus in image making.
So that’s is where I’m at. Sorry for the very brief update, so much has happened in between. Below are some of the beginnings of my concept.