(un)framing vision

Forming compositions requires more than just looking, it’s vision with care and deliberation. But just as a frame encolses an image, it opens up an infinite range of new ones.
Using cut-out circle, square, and rectangle paper frames, I sought to find striking images within photos of various library books. This act of substraction and abstraction results in a series of compositions within compositions, that demonstrate the possibilities of careful looking.

Colors of Nothingness

In this book I adapted imagery of molding bread and combined it with photos of space from NASA’s archives. Drawing inspiration from Leonard Koren’s writing on Japanese aesthetics Wabi-Sabi, the juxtaposition of the expanding universe and decay looks to communicate the fine line between creation and destruction, and considers the encounter of the two as an opportunity for new life. 

Naive Forms

Featured in Framework 101 and Parsons CD Thesis ‘22

With time, the visible world becomes designated meaning and language, quickly replacing looking with thinking. This book frames the act of looking to go back to a more fundamental way of living, where the world is understood through form. Each page shows our surroundings as viewed through the negative spaces of objects around them. While every composition is carefully made, the holder of the book may find connections and meanings between them, creating their own sense of the world. The book asks viewers to be curious and invites them to decipher the environment, with eyes closer to that of a child.

The book is structured from sky to ground, indicated on the side of each page fold. Full bleed images hide between the pages, prompting curiosity and discovery.