Poem Broadside

Identical Twins Poem by Stephanie Bolster

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This is me and this is me.
She’s the one who detects
a wedge of lemon slipped from the trash
and wipes a cloth along the floor to catch
all traces on the clean. I suck the rind

and stuff it between the cushions.
I pick scabs, shred kleenex in my pockets
till it rims my fingernails.

Guess which of us is smiling? I’m sick
of her wide eyes, of our stiff colour, red
welts between our legs where tights
press. I scratch; she traces with a fingertip
as though the hurt were beautiful.

Tight asleep we switch: from dreams of brilliant
groves of citrus she wakes me yelping.
I stroke my hair where it grows darkly on her scalp.

Look what you’ve done by looking.
You might as well compare me to our mongrel
as to her, we are that unsimilar.
When some joke tweezes my cheeks up,
she scowls until the world becomes
a scary mirror. When will I be everything?

This project by Jessi Dilts was a collaboration with the Poetry and Creative writing department at San Diego State University. This poem Identical Twins by the Canadian poet Stephanie Bolster was both intriguing and disturbing in both of the senses. The goal of this project was to pick a poem in the assigned regime, and to both interpret the poem visually and verbally. It was difficult to understand at first considering that my identical twin and I are so close, so I automatically thought that Stephanie Bolster was describing a positive relationship between two twin sisters. After further research I discovered that a photograph taken of two twin sisters was the premise and inspiration of the poem, and was also a photograph used as a main source of inspiration and basis of the twin characters in the movie The Shining. My interpretation was that the main twin speaking in the poem feels lesser and disconnected to her twin sister, drowning and stuck in the shadow of her identical twin. Although, they are identical there is a disconnect and misunderstanding of each other. In the poem, the twin implies how her sister is cleaner, how she has thicker more beautiful hair, how her twin is smiling when she’s not and how her sister does not even understand her humor. In my poster my verbal representation aimed to elude to the dark vibe of the poem with the black background and eerie vintage photo. For the typography I used Cochin and Univers two contrasting typefaces that from a far seem the same like identical twins, but up close are drastically different. Through Photoshop  and Indesign I tried to mimic the feeling of lacking a connection and sense of closeness between the twins, which is essentially a taboo theory, but not all twins, identical or fraternal feel a sense of connection, although my sister and I are extremely close it is not a distant concept to not get along with one’s twin sister.  This poster represents my personal verbal and visual interpretation of the poem Identical Twins by Stephanie Bolster.

Not Another Elegy

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This poem broadside is inspired by Not Another Elegy by poet Arthur Kayzakian (bio below). This poem illustrates the series of eclectic metaphors of a wide range of people trying and searching to find their version of hope in different places. The poster design is inspired by a specific part of the poem that talks about how even though he has a two-story house with a green lawn, the only true homeland to him is the voice of his mother. The photo in the poster is a photoshopped version of several different images that illustrate the hope the ignites the son of the deceased mother. Although he has material possessions, his only try homeland is the voice of his mother, that is why the mouth of the mother image is placed at the doorstep of the house he is encased in. The type reflects the scattered notion of searching , and the red bars imply this notion of a void, which is the driving force of searching for hope.  Regardless of how many material possessions you have acquired or have been given, there is a hope that lies within every human either material or substantial that drives us to keep trying and searching for our destiny.

Arthur Kayzakian

Arthur Kayzakian was born in Tehran, Iran in 1977. He migrated to London for three years, and then moved to the United States in 1984. He received his M.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis on poetry from California State University, Northridge. His poems have been published in the Northridge Review, Chaparral, Taproot Literary Review and Confrontation. Currently, he is an MFA candidate at San Diego State, University. As a lyric poet, Arthur turns his perception inward to reveal parts of his personal self to the physical world through his senses. He has a genuine love for house music and hip hop. When he’s not writing poetry, he’s either in a bookstore, at the movies or mashing out on video games.

Type Specimen Book

This type specimen book design and created by Jessi Dilts is an exploration of five different font categories and twenty-five different font families. It explores the narrative written by graphic designer Paula Sher, through her speech “Great Design is Serious, Not Solemn”. The overall theme of this narrative is the juxtaposition of serious design contrasted with playful and vibrant design in order to show two contrasting spectrums and styles of design. Throughout the pages there is a series of photographs taken and edited by Jessi Dilts, mixed with different images and textures that were found. Within each font, behind the flap showcases the font families and shows an example of the text, all in a clean and juxtaposed manner in comparison to the rest of the book. The little glimpses of solemn design lies behind the flaps and overall this narrative is vibrant, chaotic and juxtaposes two contrasting styles of design, solemn and playful.

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Same in the End

jennbellbottosmHuntington Beach, California… Sublime is the roots to any West coast native, and the essential to any good surf trip, other than some PBR and a beat up van. So we thought why not to take a vintage men’s t-shirt from Flashbacks in Encinitas, San Diego, and turn it into a jacket to rep those Long Beach fools. It is super easy to make, just grab a t-shirt you love the logo and design, and pick a jean jacket or vest and after cutting around the design out either sow two sides and pin the rest, or just pin the four corners for a 5 minute unique piece. From there buy some random buttons and patches adding to your new piece, and obviously pair with bell bottoms and booties. Inevitably its all “Same in the End” and you got yourself a one of a kind piece!

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AntiSeaworld

Considering that Jenny and I live in San Diego, last year I (Jessi) created this psychedelic inspired anti-seaworld poster to help bring awareness to the cause. To put oneself in the position of helpless animals is more effective that just merely subtly agreeing to support mistreatment.

“Seaworld kidnaps orca whales from their natural environment taking them away from their families and using them to entertain people for monetary sake. These poor orca whales are living in conditions of that of a grown man being confined to a bathtub, for the rest of his life. Seaworld is also responsible for many other horrific living conditions. These helpless animals need your support and compassion. To take action and for more help visit”

http://www.seaworldofhurt.com

K.O. SDSU Hip Hop Team Photoshoot


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This past weekend Jenny and I did a Photoshoot for the San Diego State Hip Hop team also known as K.O. We took most of the pictures in Pacific Beach on the pier. K.O. consists of eighteen women at SDSU and performs for events on campus, various competitions and will be having a showcase coming up. Many of the ladies on the team have been dancing their entire lives from parents who own dance studios, competition teams and an assortment of eclectic dance backgrounds. Jenny and I wanted to capture their energy, intensity and passion for what they do. These are just a few pictures from the shoot and thanks to the ladies of K.O. the pictures turned out fierce and captured their awesome team dynamic.

r e a l i t y

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“Reality” is a surreal fine art photography piece displaying the reality of global pollutants. I titled it  “Reality” because the globe in the middle is a literal depiction of the effect on our Earth from pollution, and there is a juxtaposition overall because the image is not a real scene from our Earth but a surreal depiction of Earth’s relationship with pollution. I took some pictures in Marina Del Rey as well as El Segundo and Anaheim of different factories and refineries. I then realized that I could use myself as Mother Nature, and subtly represent all things living that are affected by pollution. Once I got back to San Diego, I went down to Sunset Cliffs and hiked to the tide pools an hour before sunset. I had my twin sister use the tripod as I directed her where to shoot the pictures of me. I stood on the tide pools for a while and got a variety of pictures that were all a slightly different motion, because I knew I wanted myself to not be in a static position, but have more of a free flowing, organic feel.

After editing the pictures, I began with warping the background with the factories and refineries, and stacking them on each other to symbolize pollution going into the atmosphere and oceans. I then put the tide pools fading into the ocean in the foreground, I did this in three different sections lowering the opacity and blending them together. Then for my body I decided to create two so that I can create negative space in the center where I put the globe blending into gray. I wanted to represent on a global scale, the reality of pollution. I spherized a piece of one of my paintings in order to add a brighter element to the Earth to symbolize hope in restoration preservation on Earth. During the editing of the figures I used a lot of clone stamping and puppet tool warping in order to get the dress to extend into the ocean. I then added a gradient blend mode to the dress to the ocean. I wanted to create this essence that I was a part of the ocean as well as the sky, because the destruction from pollutants is a huge damage to the ocean and bodies of water, as well as our atmosphere.

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In this piece  I was particularly inspired by jerry Uelsemann and his highly surreal black and white collages that are incredibly seamless and powerful. Ueslemann’s work peaked my interest in particular to the psychedelic mixture and feeling of his images with the highly realistic and surreal mixture of nature and people/places. I wanted to incorporate some of the characteristics of his work such as the naturalistic, surreal feelings all in a highly contrasting and vast range of black and white tones. It took me a while to truly connect with one of my ideas and when I went to the San Marcos lake where my background images are taken, I was almost lost in the beauty of the nature and for a few minutes forgot about stress, worries, obligations and anything that keeps people from stopping to appreciate the world; and that idea and feeling sparked my idea to create a surreal collage that captures that feeling of being lost within the atmosphere. For my piece I wanted there to be a chaotic and psychedelic feeling that the viewer could lose themselves in, yet not fully understand at first. I incorporated my face in a few parts of my image and warped the lake on the bottom and top in order to create a dreamlike illusion. I used many different blending modes and had my hands blend into the lake by using the gradient tool. I worked a lot with Puppet warp and blending modes and drop shadows in order to try and connect the reality and surrealism of the composition.  Overall this surreal photographic collage embodies the idea of slowing down and connecting with the atmosphere around us, which so many people do not either have time for or do. We are only on this earth for so long and it is important to stop, connect and appreciate it.