Cmd+Z represents twelve months of trying and trying again. In the past year, we’ve immersed ourselves in the places, the words, the songs, and the experiences that make us who we are. We choose to define ourselves not just by the end product, but by the journey in all its forms- and that means accepting that the best laid plans go often awry.
Our work displays a wide variety of media and subjects that- through time, interaction, and experimentation- have all found common ground. We’ve changed. But our work, from beginning to end, has always represented a facet of us.
Naturally being drawn to the infinities and intricacies, Arielle (Ari), is an experimental artist who mostly focuses on patterns, repetition, and color. Typically using many different techniques. “Drawing patterns is a form of escape for me. While making them I go into a mediative state where everything around me seems to disappear and go silent.”
My work focuses on patterns and repetition. Throughout this project I experimented with the presentation and creation of patterns, and my process. After breaking down my original patterns, I started synchronizing them to music. The animated patterns and music together create something entirely new and different. To make my patterns “move” I use stop motion techniques to record the various layers of a pattern as I draw them. I then overlap and use blending techniques in Premier, while also synchronizing the images and sequences to music. I would have never guessed that I would be designing patterns, and using them in these ways today.
My thesis work is a design commentary on masculinity. Specifically, my work sets out to challenge the stereotypes around what a man is or isn’t; and what a man should or shouldn’t do. Collaborating with other men who believe men can express themselves however they see fit, I have created a body of work with imagery and language that represents one conclusion; a man who does not fit society’s image of what a man should be is not any less of a man than one who does. The idea that masculinity can be taken away by something as simple as painting one’s nails or expressing one’s emotions is ridiculous and trivial at best. True masculinity, wears whatever it wants.
Claire DiIonno hails from a small town in southern Vermont. Originally trying to pursue a career in history, finally decided that graphic design was the path she wanted to take. Claire could never quite find the right fit for her education, even through high school, until she came to Montserrat. She transferred to Montserrat College of Art her Sophomore year after completing one year at a previous college. As a designer, Clair is willing to take risks in her work. Claire keeps her viewer’s interests in mind but continues to push the status quo.
Claire DiIonno has been working on being able to represent the human psyche through nature and vice versa. Faces have always been a big for Claire since the age of 12 and being able to portray them in such a way where the viewer is tricked by what they are seeing. Is it real or is it not? Through research and photography, she has been exploring her own psyche as well as the general idea of one and what certain memories or mental images truly represent. Faces are always known as the window into someone else’s soul but what if there was no face? How would humans interpret another being who does not have a face? Is there some sort of portal or understanding that lets us see past ones outer features? She has been categorizing, editing and overlapping her work in a series of images that include water, sand, broken mirrors, and face makeup to help guide the viewer through her maze of thoughts. She plans on hanging them in their rightful groups at eye level so they will lead you in the right direction.
Richard Fraser is a screen printer and graphic designer from Everett, Massachusetts. Originally he began painting his Sophomore year at Pope John XXIII High School and decided to take on graphic design going into college. He’s always had a good sense of fashion and dreamt of incorporating his own visual graphics with his daily wardrobe. For the past year he’s been experimenting with identifiable formats and engage styles that complement his fashion aesthetic.
“Testing” is the first collection by $LICK that evolved from years of late experiments and weekly trial and error.”Slick” started as an ironic nickname but slowly turned into the brand name of this exclusive streetwear enterprise. This assortment of unique designs and functional apparel reflects on the lifestyle and interests of the creator. His work highlights stylish products ranging from hoodies and jeans to belts and detachable straps. Deliberately arranged combinations of patterns and symbols gives insight into what’s to come from this avante garde brand.
Nicole Hosking is a graphic designer from Portland Maine.Her interest in graphic design started in high school. While taking a commercial arts class she quickly realized the path for her. Her work focuses on posters, print, and informational design. Nicole recently found an interest in photography. She has been photographing textures and other details of walls in abandoned buildings. Nicole combines her two interests text and image in some of her more recent work.
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Nicole Hosking’s thesis show is abandonment, specifically focusing on abandoned homes. She took a series of abstract photographs of an abandoned home, located in Danvers Massachusetts. The photographs focus on the textures and details. Inspired by these photographs she wrote a series of poetry also relating to the subject of abandonment. Through the combination of photography and poetry, she brings new life into these empty spaces.
Rebecca Jones is a book and print artist from Orlando, Florida. A lifetime lover of books and stories, her work focuses on text, reading, and interactivity. Much of her work requires a level of physical interaction, such as asking the viewer to examine a piece from multiple angles, or even directing the viewer to imprint text onto their own skin. She is deeply interested in the personal interpretation of words, an interest which informed – and was, in turn, informed by – her thesis work, Tell Me, O Muse.
Tell Me, O Muse is a thesis of work about translation, connotation, and reading. The same words can have vastly different meanings depending on the reader. This effect is especially evident when dealing with translation: all translators work from the same source text, but each version is the product of a single person’s education, experiences, and preferences.The work in Tell Me, O Muse uses Homer’s Odyssey in its original text and its translations to consider the topics of legibility, mutual understanding/ exclusivity, double meanings, and characterization. To learn more about Tell Me, O Muse, visit rjonesart.ned/thesis.
Cailee Mitchell is a Massachusetts-born graphic designer. Her love for design came in her Junior year of high school, where she studied Design and Visual Communications at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica, MA. While her love for design continued into college, she discovered a love for printmaking as well. Her senior allowed her to combine these two passions into one thesis project. Post-graduation, Caliee will be returning to her previous internship, Yesway, where she worked as their marketing creative.
Thesis Website: caileemitchell.wixsite.com/vulvaisnotadirtyword
Vulva is Not a Dirty Word is a series of work that focuses on the vulva and the experiences of those who live with one. The goal for this body of work is to provide knowledge to others through a means that is more interesting than research or reading medical text.
Throughout many months, individuals were able to submit anonymous responses regarding their experiences while living with a vulva. These individuals were asked several questions: “How do you experience your mensural cycle? Do you pleasure yourself? Hoe do you manage pubic hair, if at all?” The responses gathered were raw, personal, and emotional. There responses inspired prints, embroideries, books, and even a pair of ‘wearable vulva’ earrings. Throughout this work, I was able to explore a fine art approach while still incorporating elements of design. The result was a series that combines educational purposes with artistic methods. A collection of the responses from the anonymous surveys can be found at caileemitchell.wixsite.com/vulvaisnotadirtyword.
Zaruga Philips was born in Ivory Coast and made her journey to America in 2003. She has championed her way into the art world with passion and dedication. She taught herself how to draw from a very young age. Her creative abilities have grown exponentially over the years, as exhibited in many of her projects. She prides herself on being an overachiever and a perfectionist, with the ultimate goal of pleasing her audience. When Philips is not working on her artistic projects, you can find her listening to popular afrobeat music and spending time with her loved ones.
Zaruga Philips project “Plait(braid)” focuses on Natural hair and how is encompasses different meanings. Hair can be a political and social statement or merely loving your natural shrinkage and finding happiness within yourself. Philip’s poems express deep emotions and her experience as a Black woman while learning cultural differences when it comes to Black hair. Each stanza tells the story of some of the everyday struggles that Black women with natural hair go through. Many of the poems also dive into the cultural significance of black individuals’ hair. The poems provide perspective on modern-day struggles in the black community surrounding identity and the historical impact of braids during slavery. Hard work and dedication is what it took for this project to come to fruition. Philips put in tedious hours of creating the artistic piece that you can view today. She hopes that you find pleasure in viewing these arts and poetry as much as she enjoyed creating them.
Positive Attitude is a comedy stage magic show that was written by myself and my co-magician, Kyle Maskell (a.k.a. Herman). The main concept of the show was to challenge the stereotypical image of a magician and to create a respectable show. We are both experienced in preforming close-up magic, but we have never done a live stage performance. The show itself is a mixture of slight of hand magic, sideshow stunts, hilarious comedy, and theatrics. I wanted to explore the process of writing, designing, producing, and preforming in a live stage show. The end goal was to preform in the stage show as the exhibition. However, that plan changed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. My plan is to keep in touch and contact new possible venues so that in the fall we can preform the show.