An International Graduation in the Era of Travel Bans
in collaboration with Monique Wilmoth
Given the concept of adventures abroad as the theme for the 2017 graduation, we were concerned at the sensitivity of the topic at the current time. Current brainstorming with maps and planes alluded too much to the current situations of many international students.

Therefore we referenced CalArts’ history and created a contemporary take on the nostalgia of Mary Blair’s optimistic geography. In order to make a sensitive subject as positive as possible, we removed it from current aesthetics and issues, to a midcentury-inspired revisioning of escapism.