By: Karli Banas
Colorful flowers, Barbie cars, and coloring pages are just a few of the features on display on the second floor of the Manning Academic Center. The exhibition showcases the flagship projects of senior graphic design majors, who have each created their own displays based on their passions.
A project called “Pollen”. by Angie Turner is an eye-catching display focused on saving bees. The project includes a wall of bright, colorful and three-dimensional flowers. The flowers have a beautiful shape and details that make them look realistic.
Zoe Boehl’s “Likewise” transports the viewer to an older sister’s bedroom from the early 2000s. The display is complete with a leopard pouf, fuzzy rug and Spice Girls poster. Boehl has a magazine for millennials called “Also,” on which his project is based. The display also includes small booklets that each have different cover designs, which hang from strings, and a stole with decorated legs.
At first glance, Ada Portillo’s “Genesis” may look like photos taken on safari in Africa, but all of the photos were actually taken locally. The project focuses on the importance of nature in our lives and how different our lives would be if we spent more time away from technology and in nature.
“I want viewers to stop and think and reflect,” Portillo said. “Getting out into nature more has allowed me to clear my head.
Portillo believes that technology has created new problems in its efforts to solve other problems. She has seen people become addicted to their phones and thinks we spend too much time staring at the false reality of social media. “My project focuses on how we might see truth through nature. I want my exhibition to be a place where people can reflect on their own lives, rather than being told what to do.
Kelli Garriott’s “UCare” project is a bit different from the rest of the exhibit. Its display includes a written history, a family photo and a monitor. Garriott’s project is undoubtedly the most personal of the exhibition.
“UCare” is designed to be an app to help caregivers caring for loved ones with dementia. Garriott came up with the concept after watching his grandfather struggle with dementia and the effect it had on his family.
The app is designed to focus on the mental health of caregivers with features like inspirational quotes, a calendar, information on how to provide care, a way to connect with family and friends, and a place to the caregiver can reflect on their own mental health. health.
“My family didn’t know about caregiving and dementia until we had to deal with it,” Garriott explained as his reasoning behind his project. Garriott was thrilled to be able to connect with others who have gone through similar experiences at the exhibition’s opening reception.
Regarding what Garriott wants viewers to take away from her show, she said, “I want people to reflect on their lives and appreciate what they remember.” Its display includes sheets of paper on which viewers can write their thoughts and place them in a box.
Rebecca Doyle’s “Bimboland” features early 2000s essentials like a dollhouse, a Barbie VW Bug and a pink and purple TV. The project focuses on how feminism has evolved to be more inclusive and tolerant. Doyle’s project included a photography book that used different models and props to showcase the intersectionality of today’s feminism. By scanning a QR code, viewers can observe an amazing collection of digital collages made by other students, reminiscent of Regina George’s scrapbooks and Burn Book, featuring magazine cutouts, handwritten letters, glitter stickers and rhinestones.
The inspiration for Doyle’s project came from “The recent resurgence of the early 2000s and how women like Britney Spears and Janet Jackson actively reclaimed their stories.”
Doyle discovered the bimbo movement on Tik Tok and loved how it celebrated female empowerment, but was also inclusive for queer, trans and non-binary people. Doyle chose to combine these themes with the idea of self-discovery.
“I think a lot of the coming-of-age experience doesn’t just happen when you’re a teenager, it’s something that continues, especially into your early 20s,” Doyle said, it’s something she learned during her university years.
She hopes her exhibit will inspire others to continue their journey of self-discovery, regardless of age. She also hopes viewers will feel connected to the nostalgia of her exhibit, as most of the toys in the exhibit were hers when she was young.
The exhibit will be on display until June, so students are encouraged to visit before leaving for the summer.