Imagine That

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Artist Statement

 

Manifesto: Imagine that we are on one planet and we are all living right now.
Imagine that we are united around one continuous sun and we are accompanied by one luminous moon.
Imagine that, as a species, we feel deeply and we are moved by beauty and music, friendship and joy, art and poetry.
Imagine that we feel deeply and we can cry—deep soulful heaving—to share our burdens and be comforted by others.
Imagine that we believe so completely in our values and ideals that sometimes we feel compelled to defend them.
Imagine that we are united by the diversity of these beliefs knowing that a range of ideas are the ingredients to create progress.
Imagine that we are fiercely committed to the freedom to love who we love, to worship in our own way, and to be tolerant of the behaviors and beliefs of others.
Imagine that we are on one planet and we are all living right now.
Imagine that we have love.
Imagine that we feel love.
Imagine that love.
Imagine that love.
Yes, that love.
Imagine That.


Statement: Visual storytelling—the art of using language and images to convey a narrative account of real or imagined events—is something that I have been investigating for over two decades. Historically, humans have used this sharing of experience to pass on knowledge, beliefs, values, secrets and information. Through stories we explain how things are, why they are, and our role and purpose, and these stories have become both the building blocks of knowledge and the foundation of memory and learning. Today, the visualization of our personal stories is an integral and essential part of the human experience. My body of work in visual storytelling combines the narrative text of a story with a variety of creative elements to augment and enhance the traditional storytelling process. It is also dependent on the observer—the witness to the story—as any participant interprets their worldview through the filter of their own perceptions. By design, it is a co-creative process resulting in an intimate mutually expressive experience. My work centers on the combination of language and image to create immersive linear stories. I use mixed media--typography, fabric, string, Lucite, etc, to create narrative experiences for myriad audiences. I believe that my interaction with the museum visitors can inform my process by providing immediate responses, feedback and engagement. My overall goals are to create authentic large-scale visual representations of the human experience through people, perception, language and image.

 

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Debbie Millman is a designer, author, educator and strategist. She is the host of the award-winning podcast “Design Matters,” Chair of the world’s first Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts, President Emeritus of AIGA, and a contributing editor at Print Magazine. She is the author of two books of illustrated essays: Look Both Ways and Self-Portrait As Your Traitor; the later of which has been awarded a Gold Mobius, a Print Typography Award, and a medal from the Art Directors Club. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Boston Biennale, Chicago Design Museum, Anderson University, School of Visual Arts, Long Island University, The Wolfsonion Museum and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art. She has been artist-in-residence at Cranbrook University, Old Dominion University and Notre Dame University, and has conducted visual storytelling workshops at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the University of Utah, Hartford University, Albuquerque Academy and the High School of Art and Design in New York. She has designed campaign buttons for Hillary Clinton, wrapping paper and beach towels for One Kings Lane, greeting cards for Mohawk, MOO and Card-To-Art, playing cards for DeckStarter, notebooks for Shutterstock and Baron Fig, and T-shirts for Within The Fold.