Date of Award

Spring 6-4-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Graphic Design

First Advisor

Kelsey Elder

Second Advisor

Ryan Waller

Third Advisor

Cem Eskinazi

Abstract

Language shapes our understanding of identity, place, and self. As a graphic designer, I question the existing structures of language, while using it as a material to build new formations. Nudging against certainties, I challenge how the stories we are told can dispossess us, even flatten us.

My method is a constant attempt to peel back the layers and study what lingers below. When questions arise, I look to the ways in which visual artists and writers have seen through this surface. I observe, listen, and hold stories closely, passing them back and forth between my hands. Using annotation and metaphor, I expose new relations. Immaterial observations become immersive experiences.

Emerging forms become a testing ground for new stories. To deconstruct our inherited narratives, I invite gentle disruptions; a soft provocation to reshape our inner dialogues.

Comments

View exhibition online: Astra Thrastardottir, Soft ruptures; slow formations

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