Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Visual Arts

First Advisor

Fernando Orellana




pictograms, images, stick-men, stick figures


Using the minimalist aesthetic of pictograms, I constructed a series of silhouettes to represent some of the issues an everyday American may come across. The idea behind each silhouette was initially documented in a scrapbook. Eventually these images were transformed into vector images in Adobe Illustrator and then cut out of sheets of masonite into physical beings. These “stick men” were then sanded down and painted in a variety of colors in order to emphasize the significance behind each one. The outcome of the project was a population of “stick-men” that could stand on their own or together as a crowd of beings. Each silhouette is meant to have a different meaning but was left open-ended in order for the viewer to form their own opinion on the subjects approached in each piece.