Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Graphic Design

First Advisor

Ramon Tejeda

Second Advisor

Rene Payne

Third Advisor

Christopher Roberts, PhD.


This is a (loose) manual on a method I like to refer to as surfacing.

A method that synthesizes narrative through the use of surfaces such as textiles, paper, web & video to reveal the spectacularly ordinary parts of Black life within a growing design practice.

A method I (currently) practice in three (evolving) steps:

Unlayering and piecing together stuff (rememory)

Acknowledgment of ancestry through stuff-making (kin)

Consciousness of oneself and the place / time / space in which the work is being disseminated (hypervisibility)

This is a manual that profiles a (current) design practice of a Black female maker in 2023 (me! lol).

A Black female maker that continues to amalgamate, respond-to and learn-from.

One who recognizes that they are still growing — that their views expressed in this text will shift, evolve or change with time.


View exhibition online: Zoë Pulley, Surfacing



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