MA Communication Design
I’m an artist and designer from Canada, with a background in animation and production design. The MA program enabled me to apply aspects of these fields towards illustration, culminating in my masters project, ‘Under Chairs, Behind Tables’. The work is a series of illustrations presented in two formats: individual drawings and a newsprint journal. Imagery focuses on that of the home and associated objects, such as furniture.
Objects appear misassembled, or half-built–they are used to convey cognitive changes that occur while grieving, particularly the brain’s ‘rewiring’ while processing a disrupted reality. This work derives from both personal experience and additional research on grief based in philosophy and cognitive science.
The use of the two formats allowed me to balance between hand-drawn and digital compositions, particularly for the newsprint journal. The journal serves the additional purpose of sharing key texts, providing more detailed context to the series.
Additional influences on this piece include architecture-based references, manuals, and mid-century catalogues, to name a few. As with previous projects, I’ve appreciated the opportunity to use illustration as a way to indulge my curiosity in other fields of research, and aim to continue doing so in future work.