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Claire (Digital) Miekala (ballpoint pen/watercolor)
Shelley (woodless graphite on paper)
Brian (digital) Autumn (micron/digital)
Danielle (digital)
Libby (graphite on paper)
Lori (digital)
RJ (pen on vellum overlays
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Process for my (currently untitled) book.

The book is a collection of ten stories written by junior Graphic Design majors from the 2014 Core Studio course at Maine College of Art. The stories have been refined and composed specifically for this project. Each story is supplemented with a personalized portrait of the author. The portraits intend to resemble characteristics or elements pulled from each belief, emulating the character and overarching tone of the author. I wanted to push my abilities as an artist—within the parameters of design—by illustrating in slightly different styles, using unfamiliar techniques and mediums.

Although there is no defined concept behind this series, these ass-backward paintings represent my current love-hate relationship with the art world. Inspired by silent observations formed during critiques and discussions, I attempt to convey my internalized frustration with huge superiority complexes, obnoxiously over-intellectualized art, and really fat egos.

How to Show Emotion” is a short film created for my filmmaking class. This piece was entered into the MECA Film Festival and won “Best Narrative” out of over twenty films and three separate categories. As with all of my work, this piece is open to interpretation. Some have suggested that the character I portray resembles a sociopath, some have sat in disconcertment, and some have outright laughed their ass off. “How to Show Emotion” is a silly, sometimes ugly, but mostly sardonic expression of artmaking and the inherent pretentious attitudes that follow.

Plasticism (2013) is a conceptual photo series in which an empty figure partakes in dry, unenlightened tasks. 

Man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world – and defines himself afterwards. If man as the existentialist sees him as not definable, it is because to begin with he is nothing. He will not be anything until later, and then he will be what he makes of himself.

– Jean-Paul Sartre (from the essay Existentialism & Humanism)