I believe artists should seek other artists because we are in constant dialogue with each other, whether we are conscious of it or not. By creating artistic communities, environments are made that are conducive to enriching this dialogue for the exchange of ideas. These communities are where some of the greatest ideas are born and exchanged. Post-graduation, the first thing I will seek is community. I want to be a part of a supportive collective in which I feel comfortable to share ideas, debate, and create work generated by these interactions.
This project presents design as a platform to celebrate the possibilities of community in art making. By turning to one another, opening new connections, and understanding our shared interests, we will inevitably accomplish something interesting and potentially groundbreaking. That being said, I am excited to see how my work will begin the conversation and respond to the subsequent eleven posters.
My process involved collaging and digitally composing an accumulation of small drawings into a larger composition. This was the first project in which I had to utilize the computer to organize the chaos that usually characterizes my process in order to have something legible. My computer was being used as an outlet for me to organize my thoughts and ideas and store them for further revision. The use of the computer tends to create a distance between me and my drawings that is ultimately overcome when the digital data is hand printed and the initial connection with the drawings is restored. I am not afraid of computers, or in any sense technologically inept, however, I have not been able to make a digital illustration that satisfies me more than something made by hand. — Mando Veve