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Visual Thesis Selections 2020-2021

Visual Thesis Selections 2020-2021

  • 2022 (exhibition date)
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
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  • Annuals (exhibitions)
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This exhibition includes highlights from the FIT MFA Illustration classes of 2020 and 2021.
Each year the graduating MA candidates complete a visual thesis project that represents the culmination of their three years of graduate study, artistic growth, and professional training. The Class of 2020 titled their show "Jacaranda" after a species of tree they encountered on the program's trip to Los Angeles, a formative experience for the group. "Off the Grid" is not only an oblique reference to the two and a half semesters the Class of 2021 spent learning remotely, but also an invocation of their eclectic artistic voices. The quality of this work is a testament to the artistic visions, personal dedication to craft, and to the strength of the bonds these cohorts built. The FIT Alumni participating in this exhibition finished their degrees online during the extreme circumstances and unprecedented conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the conclusion of their studies, they were unable to exhibit their bodies of work in person or celebrate their accomplishments with their fellow students, friends, families, and professional peers. We are proud to finally present their work to the public and to recognize their achievement together.
Illustration MFA Visual Thesis Exhibition 2022: End of the Line

Illustration MFA Visual Thesis Exhibition 2022: End of the Line

  • 2022
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Image
  • Exhibitions (events)
  • Annuals (exhibitions)
  • Exhibition installation photographs
The work included in this exhibition represents the culmination of three years of graduate study for eleven MFA Illustration candidates. Those years were marked by hard work, personal exploration, and artistic growth during a historically challenging time. Throughout, these artists have remained dedicated to developing their craft and personal voices. The bodies of work displayed here are visual manifestations of those artistic voices. As a cohort, they have supported and encouraged each other, and pushed each other to realize their personal and professional ambitions. Together, they have reached the end of their academic experience and now embark on a new phase of their artistic and professional lives - drawing a new line as they continue to explore, grow, and create.
Illustration MFA Visual Thesis Exhibition 2023: Pareidolia

Illustration MFA Visual Thesis Exhibition 2023: Pareidolia

  • 2023
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Image
  • Exhibitions (events)
  • Annuals (exhibitions)
  • Exhibition installation photographs
The 2023 MFA Illustration candidates collectively titled this exhibition Pareidolia, the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern. This choice reflects their shared pursuit of finding and articulating meaning in their visual artwork. The images in this gallery, however, are far from random or ambiguous. These bodies of work are the final result of a year-long thesis process of research, creative ideation, and technical execution. It is the culmination of three years of artistic exploration and personal growth during graduate study.
Discs, Bones & Priestesses: A History on the Art of the Tarot

Discs, Bones & Priestesses: A History on the Art of the Tarot

Cristina Carrera
  • 2017
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
Throughout history, a silent form of divination and disparate world of illustration —known as the Tarot—has had profound influence on areas as varied and significant as scientific study and religious warfare.
Providing essential narratives of destiny and fate, the Tarot originated centuries ago with popular card games, and has continually evolved through the development of global spiritualities. Throughout its existence, the Tarot has manifested a whirlwind of debate, theory, desegregation, and revolution. Even today, as the Tarot appears as commercially printed works of art, its divinatory properties remain as taunted or in question, as much as they remain willfully respected.
As we know it, the Tarot took form under fourteenth century Christian influence, with underlying roots in civilizations ranging from Egypt to China. As a work of illustration, it has rendered a visual, cultural, and spiritual evolution, redefining the power of symbols in art.
As a popular pastime, it has introduced society to a metaphysical phenomenon that allows one to develop intuitive and extrasensory responses to their questions. While secular viewers may question the metaphysical worth in these works of art, the illustrative property of these cards is rich in history, myth, and unnerving truth.
Fabrications

Fabrications

Samantha Struzzieri
  • 2023
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Image
  • Paintings (visual works)
Creating my thesis was combining the familiar with the unfamiliar. Before my graduate studies, I was primarily a painter with a fine art approach, and have always appreciated fun, beautiful patterns. Thinking about how to marry the two, expanding my skills at FIT by getting my MFA felt like the right move. I have broadened my textile knowledge, which has led me to design my own patterns. My visual thesis combines these two passions while also acknowledging the very special people in my life.
This body of work explores portraiture in both the literal and the abstract sense. Each pattern has been carefully planned to capture the essence and story of each person depicted. I have taken into account motifs, color scheme, and composition to cultivate each design. Some motifs are more literal, some are more symbolic. All imagery chosen reminds me of each person I love and their unique energies. I have also communicated with each person through this process to ensure the designs chosen resonated with them.
Using paint as my medium was an easy choice for me. Although each piece was meticulously planned digitally, I wanted them to have a more personal touch - returning to my roots. My passion for painting fuels my love for art, and painting will always hold a special place in my heart. While painting is natural to me, the tedious nature of painting a repeat pattern was not, and I felt that this combination of familiarity and challenge really elevated my work.
During this process, it was apparent how vastly unique each piece became. This variety was important to me - the individuals I chose each have a special place in my life and reflect a different type of relationship. My thesis has also given me the opportunity to explore new ways to design a pattern. I am immensely grateful for this experience and the opportunity to create a body of work that I am truly passionate about.
Stitches of Time

Stitches of Time

Meina Zhang
  • 2023
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Image
  • Mixed media works
As an artist, my embroidery illustrations titled 'Stitches of Time' are a celebration of the beauty and complexity of life, and the many ways in which our experiences are woven together over time.
The process begins by dyeing the canvas with watercolor paints, which serve as a vibrant and dynamic backdrop for the embroidery thread and wool felt. These materials are carefully selected and combined to create a tactile, textured surface that draws the viewer in and invites exploration.
To further enhance the visual impact of the work, I also incorporate watercolors and colored clay, which add depth and dimension to the finished piece. Through the use of these varied materials and techniques, I am able to create a work that is both visually striking and emotionally resonant to me.
To bring my family's story to life, I use a range of materials and techniques, starting with dyeing the canvas with watercolor paints, serving as a vibrant and dynamic backdrop for the embroidery thread and wool felt. I carefully select and combine these materials to create a tactile, textured surface that reflects the complexity and depth of our family's journey.
'Stitches of Time' are a tribute to my family and the unique experiences we shared. Growing up with four sisters and a single mother was a challenging yet rewarding journey, and I am grateful for the many memories we created together.
Rus and Moose

Rus and Moose

Chuyin Wang
  • 2023
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Image
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Children's books
The idea for my children’s picture book that I wrote and illustrated, “Rus & Moose,” is a fictional story inspired by my experience, with an element of exaggeration. My husband Rus was a long-haul truck driver, and before we were married, he had been driving a 70-foot-long semi-truck across the United States. I also lived with him in the truck during summer and winter vacations. I thought life on the truck was interesting. I treated every day as a road trip. Thanks to his unique job, I have been to forty states in the United States and experienced many different cultures.
When I talked to my friends about the new things I saw during the trip, I realized through their reactions, that ordinary people have no idea what it looks like inside the truck, even though you see trucks on the road every day. I told my friends that there were two large double beds, a refrigerator, a small dining table, and a microwave inside each truck. Whoever heard about this was quite surprised. I realized it was a good subject for my book, and my unique experience allowed me to focus my perspective on it. After all, not all illustrators are married to truck drivers.
I fabricated the character of Moose. He is like me, who just experienced the truck for the first time. He sees everything with new eyes, smells and touches everywhere, and occupies too much space. But his company made a difference in Rus's life. The life of a truck driver is very dull. They often have to drive for more than ten hours at a time, and they must strictly abide by the delivery time. But when Rus found Moose, they became friends and shared this journey. This is the story of my book. While Moose helped Rus, Rus also took Moose to see different landscapes. Moose was a teenager, so he was rebellious and mischievous. He always wanted to escape from his family and see the outside world.
I used Procreate on the iPad to complete the entire book. I didn’t use too many fancy brushes and textures. My style is organic, and sincere. I want this simple story to express the most profound theme, the relationship between man and animals, nature, and family.
Mis Raíces: Siente la magia

Mis Raíces: Siente la magia

Maria De Los Angeles Lopez
  • 2023
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Image
  • Drawings (visual works)
From a young age I was surrounded by the bright colors, sounds, and rhythms of my homeland in the Dominican Republic. These cultural experiences have had a profound influence on my artistic vision, and I am constantly inspired by the beauty and richness of my home. I knew I wanted to share my deep roots by creating illustrations that show my heritage. Through my thesis, I aim to explore and celebrate the magic of my cultural roots and the impact they have had on my identity. My inspiration stems from my childhood memories and natural surroundings. I add life to my illustrations by finding an emotional connection. The result of doing so, gives me the opportunity to celebrate my story in my visual narratives where words are not enough to capture the life in my work.
Stop and Listen

Stop and Listen

Jane Toole
  • 2023
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Image
  • Comics (documents)
Stop and Listen is an anthology of short stories executed in comic form based on interviews with friends, family, and acquaintances who have lived in New York City. In these interviews I asked a broad question: “What is your most quintessential “New York” story?” Though the stories I heard had a range of tones, they all touched on universal experiences that make New York unique, from battles with mice and run-ins with roommates and neighbors to more life-altering moments like fateful encounters with idols or future partners.
No Worries Planet

No Worries Planet

Naodan Hu
  • 2023
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Image
  • Video
  • Animations (visual works)
  • 3-D printing
  • Interactive art
  • Video games
Growing up in a serious household, I was very well-behaved. Although my parents had high expectations and strict control over me, making my life very smooth, I had many ideas that I could only digest on my own, and my heart always yearned for a carefree, easy life with no demands. So, I have always enjoyed using simple and non-realistic imagery to make people happy. Themes of my work have never been serious or profound, and most of my characters are little monsters. Drawing provided me with freedom of expression. Even when I was busy with work, I still drew. I like to use bright colors and different media to express the themes behind my work in a lighthearted and humorous way, regardless of whether they are profound or not.
"Foolish" Perseverance

"Foolish" Perseverance

Sixian Wang
  • 2023
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Image
  • Paintings (visual works)
I started learning how to draw when I was six years old. Even though I didn't get into a specialized art school and studied product design at a comprehensive university, I seemed to have no interest in modeling software. Drawing disappeared from my life for three years. I felt I had no talent. In my senior year, I took a course related to comics. Although it was an elective, it was the course I spent the most time and energy on. I was obsessed with it. The teacher told me not to imitate Western painting styles, but to explore many elements in China for innovation. It wasn't until then that I learned about the profession of illustration. So I found my goal. I want illustration to be my lifelong career.
Journey

Journey

Jessy Liu
  • 2023
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Image
  • Video
  • Animations (visual works)
My work has always been about foxes. For me, the story of the fox is a projection of my own experience. The daily life of the foxes’ family is much like my own family… mandarin orange, which for me is a metaphor for warm and comforting. I have two enlightened parents and two naughty little twin brothers. So I can say that I grew up in a family full of love and companionship. I know that there is always a harbor behind me, so no matter how far away from home, I will never feel lonely. However, there are people unable to experience a warm home or someone to love. Sometimes, people are alone, friendless and helpless and even cold and harsh. I hope my work will plant a seed for a promising bright future for people who are struggling. The sun always shines after the clouds.
Concept & pre-production art for film

Concept & pre-production art for film

Edward G. Murr
  • 2007
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2007.
Scratching through the surface: The influence of traditional printmaking techniques on contemporary scratchboard illustration

Scratching through the surface: The influence of traditional printmaking techniques on contemporary scratchboard illustration

Brianna Evans Hermanson
  • 2007
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2007.
The influence of classical rendering on children's fantasy book illustrations

The influence of classical rendering on children's fantasy book illustrations

Tatyana Zhitomirsky
  • 2009
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2009.
Frank Frazetta's influence on contemporary Asian illustrators

Frank Frazetta's influence on contemporary Asian illustrators

Han-Yuan Yu
  • 2015
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2015.
The influence of relief prints on modern illustration

The influence of relief prints on modern illustration

Heidi Ann Younger
  • 2007
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2007.
Some distinguished characters that illustrators created

Some distinguished characters that illustrators created

I-Chao Wang
  • 2009
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2009.
Illustrators who write

Illustrators who write

Chad Wallace
  • 2007
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2007.
The illustrated album cover during the height of the jazz era

The illustrated album cover during the height of the jazz era

Sharon Elizabeth Volpe
  • 2008
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2008.
The history of paleo-illustration

The history of paleo-illustration

James P. Stroud
  • 2008
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2008.
Watercolors: A classical medium for contemporary illustration: Illustrators using watercolors as primary medium

Watercolors: A classical medium for contemporary illustration: Illustrators using watercolors as primary medium

Amy Krimsier Sterling
  • 2010
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2010.
To instruct and amuse: A survey of illustration in children's science trade books, from Orbis pictus to the Magic School Bus

To instruct and amuse: A survey of illustration in children's science trade books, from Orbis pictus to the Magic School Bus

Elizabeth Starin
  • 2009
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2009.
Pin-up illustration: The golden age of pin-up illustration from the mid-1920's to 1960's

Pin-up illustration: The golden age of pin-up illustration from the mid-1920's to 1960's

Eugene Song
  • 2010
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2010.
Designing Superman: The evolution of an icon

Designing Superman: The evolution of an icon

Robert Scott
  • 2007
  • Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Text
  • Thesis
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2007.