Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Graphic Design

First Advisor

Anastasiia Raina

Second Advisor

Nora Khan

Third Advisor

Keira Alexandra

Abstract

My practice, especially this virtual garden, is a collage made of media, images, and virtual space across different eras and time signatures. Graphic design can exist in a gallery, on the screen, inside headsets or in the streets. Like a lucid dream, it can be disorienting as it opens up to a more-than physical ground of experience; within the virtual, within shared memory. This reflective practice arises as a form of “anachronism.” Before I could arrive at my transdisciplinary practice that considers experiences of exile and diaspora, I had to grapple with a singular question: what does it mean to visualize and materialize nostalgia for a distant world? In my effort to answer, I learned to identify as both an architect of memory and an archivist of place, and allow my work to exist in a multiverse of fields, rather than in one space. To communicate the literal and transpersonal, Ancient Hyper Present gathers an array of forms: editorial, kinetic, typographic, spatial, and experiential. I call forth a practice of reflection, to go through the process of seeing the unseeable or the unacknowledged.

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