Hope Is A Discipline, Mural at the Paul Creative Art Center at the University of New Hampshire
Titled “Hope Is A Discipline”, after a quote by activist, educator, and organizer Mariame Kaba, who is an advocate for racial, gender, and transformative justice, this design blends the framework of ancient Meso-American codices, European Bestiaries, and Japanese Video games with popular contemporary attention seeking user interface (UI) designs developed by Big Tech companies (i.e. emojis). My personalized lexicon of animal archetypes and narrative pattern designs presented in the design assist in translating, preserving, and mythologizing contemporary stories of social and economic inequality, racial prejudice, class discrimination, and online surveillance practices. Kaba’s quote is paired with this combination of imagery to instill in viewers a sense of faith in hoping for a more just future for BIPOC communities.