Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Personal Mythologies

This piece is inspired by Toni Morrison's book, The Bluest Eye where they use the child series Dick and Jane in the beginning of the book. During the 1950s, the Dick and Jane series was used in schools (of any race) to teach children how to read; however, the books show how the perfect family is white with a white picket fence, and this idea isolates many other cultures that they are not perfect. Toni Morrison implies this in the beginning of the book by manipulating the type. First it starts correct, then the text is repeated without punctuation, then it is repeated again without spacing or punctuation to imply that the Dick and Jane creates a society without individuality that conforms to an unrealistic ideal of society. I wanted to recreate this idea with different typography and images to convey this message and deconstruct the original image from the Dick and Jane books. - Erin Evon

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