MFA Graphic Design Thesis
Layered Narratives + the Handcrafted Experience is an immersive installation, which was exhibited at the MFA Thesis
exhibitions at Stone Gallery, Boston. My thesis explored the intersection of two concepts —design as a personal connection,
and the versatility of paper-cut artwork in the grand scheme of graphic design.
Drawn to preserving family histories, celebrating stories of success, reflecting on personal experiences and building
relationships with my audience through visual explorations of layered narratives, I asked the following questions;
Why are personal connections important? Is that what draws us to a work of art? How do we engage with it? Is it relatable?
Can design make you notice the unnoticed?
In parallel, I am interested making paper-cut artwork scalable and accessible to a mass audience. How can the impact
of paper-cut artwork be elevated without the hand-crafting process, and potentially without paper itself?
I explored the scope of paper-cuts as light/shadow, pattern/texture, projection, stencils, structures using alternate materials,
and how they interact in space and time-based media via 2 audio-visual pieces, Tender Buttons & Make Something Quiet x Nostalgia.
The final outcome lived as multiple pieces in an intimate space that reference my idea of ‘home’ as a third culture kid.
A journal titled "Conversations with No One", which contains my own personal diary entries about my creative process, family
and life experiences, threads all the elements of the installation together. Viewers were invited to engage with these pieces,
discover their tactility, read personal stories and share conversations. Through this immersive experience, our personal narratives
were woven together into a shared space and a moment in time.
Photos from the installation