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the triplets

Although it may not look it, I edited out about 7 pieces, and I no longer see them as a long continuous stream of images. That display does not do them credit and while I acknowledge that some are far more successful than others and that some needed to be edited out, they all were very instrumental in helping to create those that were successful. Also, they allowed me to explore in depth the concepts of this project through making. I think the process of multiples that the print making process of pronto plates encouraged me to really explore the print and try to evolve the print and expand upon my original ideas.

 I sorted one group into two single pieces, two diptychs, and two triptychs. The triptychs within this group represent more of the progression of complexity that has a some what logical progression despite the fact that the end result is nothing if not illogical and absurd.  Trying to make all of the members of societies ideas match up perfectly to form one cohesive idea of either a utopia or dystopia among a whole society of people is absolutely absurd.

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My Fort

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In this project I  selected 3 pieces of my gradeschool journal entries, originally written in Mandarin, made English translation for each entry, and the phonetic translation of English back into Mandarin, and then phonetically back into English. I screen printed the 4-way translation in an weaving pattern onto a white sheet which I hang in the way that suggested a table form. I’m playing with the idea of the absurdity of language and how it both inhibits and liberates our expressions, exposes and protects us when we’re vulnerable. Under the table is psychologically a safe place for many people (nobody actually thinks it’s safe), the white table cloth is supposed to create a quiet, comforting place, at the same time it’s intangible as a shield, much like our use of language.

M. Kressin (Project 1)

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Project Prompt: What does city mean to you?

This project was an opportunity for me to confront my relationship with St. Louis City and St. Louis County by defining my level of comfort as I traveled throughout the city. During this project I looked to other maps of St. Louis for inspiration and information. The history of the division between St. Louis City and St. Louis county was also critical to this project. Materials used in this project include silkscreened and computer generated images.

Becca’s Fort Project

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With all of the messages to “reuse,” there has become a sense of confusion about recycling. We hoard recyclable objects with the hope that we will be able to make use of them and save the planet.  The make-your-own plastic bag tent is just one way to use all those extra bags. It is great for emergencies, homeless and migrant situations, or even just a fun way to save money on a tent that will protect you from rain and provide you with your own space. Just as nomadic people all over the world and throughout history have used animal skins and other recycled materials to build their temporary spaces, we can do the same in the plastic age.

Becca’s Project 1

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Organic human life spills over out of constructed boundaries. Beginning from the idea of clotheslines in cities, people string their private lives outside into public spaces, overlapping and overstepping structural boundaries that are made to keep people separated. Inevitably, we leak out of the spaces we have constructed for ourselves.