When confronted with a word, meaning is revealed through contextualization. This transformation of inherently meaningless shapes to communicated ideas is only possible because of our deep relationship to language. Taking a step back, words become concepts that exist independent of their written form. Indeed, even “transformation” is a concept that can be contextualized and understood as more than a single word.

This project explores the concept of transformation in as many forms as possible: from the absurd to the realistic, from the literal to the metaphorical, from the zeitgeist of culture to the realm of the obscure. Using a variety of media and ways of communicating (an illustration, a short story, and a video), this project picks apart the very concept of transformation while celebrating and reveling in why the concept is so endlessly divergent.

This project is available on the PDXScholar library archive.

Illustration: “From One Comes Another”
2015 • Digital print • 3,600 px × 36,000 px (12 in × 120 in)

This piece takes its form from the transitory nature of the ten individual 12 in × 12 in squares making up the whole. Illustration is useful for showing a static moment while implying a greater movement.

Everything is linked through matter and time.

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Writing: “Speak”
2015 • Short fiction • 845 words (2 pages)

This piece takes its form from the highly descriptive necessity of the written content. Writing is useful for showing a story directly to the reader’s mind, letting their imagination take them to levels otherwise anticlimactic.

At what point is your body no longer your body?

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Video: “Down the Snack Hole”
2015 • Found footage • 10 minutes and 34 seconds

This piece takes its form from the very modern and culturally-driven nature of video, much more so than any other form of art. Video is useful for making time explicit while having the freedom to explore.

Open remixing and reimagining is necessary for culture to exist.

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