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12/22/08–03/05/09, 2009

This work, which is now on display
until May 2010 in the Annenberg
School for Communication at Penn,

is a result of four months of reading global news via Google reader, a
web-based aggregator, capable of
reading Atom and RSS feeds online
or offline. Based on the frequency
of people's names being written, I
started collecting names based on
the first letter of their first name.

I interpreted the names graphically
based on appropriated images found
on different news sites. After printing
each of the illustrations on newsprint,
I recreated a street art/propaganda context by wheat pasting each one
to a wooden panel in a grid form, arranged alphabetically by the first
letter of the person's first name.

These information graphics, which
act as deeper investigations of everyday information, enable viewers to reassess the news with which they are presented. Being able to identify certain figures and not others can either leave the viewer frustrated or satisfied with his or her
own level of awareness. Either way, it
is not humanly possible to be aware of everything going on in our ever-changing and complex world.

(96.75x97.25 inches; Newsprint, Wheat Paste, Birch wood)

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Mental Map, 2008

Mind map opens the viewer’s
eyes to the numerous meanings
and evolution of the word “green”.
The strings add another level of connections. Words spill onto the
wall in order to show that the map
is endless.

 

ai String, Foam Board

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Vinyl, letterpress, charcoal prints, 2007

I used an old vinyl that I bought at
a thrift store as my main printable surface. The way the charcoal looked inspired me to include text.
(Play, 2007)

I used an old vinyl that I bought at
a thrift store as my main printable surface. I cleaned up the charcoal to make a complementing piece to the previous work. (Stop, 2007)

Vinyl, letterpress and charcoal

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Drypoint, Hardground prints, 2007

After growing up in Paris, the Eiffel Tower became part of my life. I used drypoint to create this print from an image that I had etched in my mind. I wanted to include as much detail I could in the icon to show
its strength and architectural grandeur.
(The Eiffel Tower, 2007)

Using the tale of Hansel and Gretel
as well as Roy Lichtenstein's work
as inspiration, I made Gretel as a
more prominent figure in this print
done using hardground. The layers
in the print distinguish between
different parts of the story.
(Gretel and Hansel, 2007)

Drypoint and Hardground

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Aquatint print, 2007

This aquatint print is a parody of
The Last Supper. I decided to include shame vs. shameless figures through history. From left to right: Tony Blair, Saddam Hussein, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Charlie Chaplan, Martin Luther King Jr., Che Guevara, Mickey Mouse, George Bush, Adolf Hitler, Elvis Presley.

The Last Supper, 2007

Aquatint

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Photoetching print, 2007

This photoetch print combines the known Ntl. Geographic photograph of Sharbat Gula as a young child and as an older woman. Since the photographer was able to recognize her years later due to her eyes, I used that feature as my focus.

Sharbat Gula: Young and Old, 2007

Photoetching

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Propaganda Series #3,5,4,6, 2008

I made a series of décollage works
using 200+ printed propaganda posters from different cultures through history. I wanted to allude to Jacques Villeglé and Mimmo Rotella’s ripped posters from the 50’s, and the comment they were making about large-scale color ads at that time.

 

Ripped Photocopies and Print-outs