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Above: Maryland Institute College of Art MICA Graduates 2022 1. 2 & 3. Austin Tally / 4. Dongyan Xu/ 5 & 6. Lexi K / 7. & 8. Jiaping Chen

Maryland Institute College of Art MICA graduates from the Graphic Design and Illustration MA and MFA programs are presenting their work at the second graduate show, opening 25 March.

Austin Tally Austin Tally



Graphic Design MA graduate Austin Tally looks at how we subconsciously absorb the typography that surrounds us in our daily lives and becomes synonymous with our environment. In their Love Letters project, Tally considers how living in Baltimore, surrounded by local signs and typography, can inspire artists and designers who work with lettering.

MICA GRADUATES 2022 Jiaping Chen



From the same program, Jiaping Chen's project, through animation and posters, addresses the distance from life to life and how we can relieve our pain when someone important around us dies. For some people, animals, or plants, death is not a final departure because they still exist in nature. Their souls will be with us forever and our genes will still be alive — just in a different living format.



 










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Fellow Graphic Design MA graduate Ky Chevalier has created Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, a two-part installation that explores how COVID-19 had an emotion toll on Dungeons and Dragons players as they were no longer to meet in person to play in social spaces. Chevalier interviewed several D&D players to inform the project which features different game pieces such as character models and dice which have been altered and degraded to represent the emotional burdens experienced by players during the pandemic.  Ky writes: 'As it stands, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables is an exploration of the connection between players and game pieces, a monument to the social spaces lost to COVID-19, and an invitation for players and non-players alike to begin building a language for understanding the impact of the pandemic on the spaces where we gather.'

Lexi K Lexi K



Dongyan Xu (Illustration Practice MFA) creates illustrations rich with pattern and detail and often containing cats and unusual creatures while Lexi K's Dogs I Met in the Elevator, is an illustrated compendium of poems and portraits that document K's interactions with dogs during the pandemic and how those dogs helped them feel connected. Lexi K explains: 'Through illustrated portraiture, poetry, needle felted sculptures, and stop motion animation, Lexi K. explores her illustration practice through various mediums and forms of storytelling.'

Visit the MICA graduates 2022 website to see the list of all participating creatives and for opening times and locations.

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Above: Maryland Institute College of Art MICA Graduates 2022 1. 2 & 3. Austin Tally / 4. Dongyan Xu/ 5 & 6. Lexi K / 7. & 8. Jiaping Chen

Maryland Institute College of Art MICA graduates from the Graphic Design and Illustration MA and MFA programs are presenting their work at the second graduate show, opening 25 March.

Austin Tally Austin Tally



Graphic Design MA graduate Austin Tally looks at how we subconsciously absorb the typography that surrounds us in our daily lives and becomes synonymous with our environment. In their Love Letters project, Tally considers how living in Baltimore, surrounded by local signs and typography, can inspire artists and designers who work with lettering.

MICA GRADUATES 2022 Jiaping Chen



From the same program, Jiaping Chen's project, through animation and posters, addresses the distance from life to life and how we can relieve our pain when someone important around us dies. For some people, animals, or plants, death is not a final departure because they still exist in nature. Their souls will be with us forever and our genes will still be alive — just in a different living format.



 










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A post shared by Ky (@kychandelier)






Fellow Graphic Design MA graduate Ky Chevalier has created Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, a two-part installation that explores how COVID-19 had an emotion toll on Dungeons and Dragons players as they were no longer to meet in person to play in social spaces. Chevalier interviewed several D&D players to inform the project which features different game pieces such as character models and dice which have been altered and degraded to represent the emotional burdens experienced by players during the pandemic.  Ky writes: 'As it stands, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables is an exploration of the connection between players and game pieces, a monument to the social spaces lost to COVID-19, and an invitation for players and non-players alike to begin building a language for understanding the impact of the pandemic on the spaces where we gather.'

Lexi K Lexi K



Dongyan Xu (Illustration Practice MFA) creates illustrations rich with pattern and detail and often containing cats and unusual creatures while Lexi K's Dogs I Met in the Elevator, is an illustrated compendium of poems and portraits that document K's interactions with dogs during the pandemic and how those dogs helped them feel connected. Lexi K explains: 'Through illustrated portraiture, poetry, needle felted sculptures, and stop motion animation, Lexi K. explores her illustration practice through various mediums and forms of storytelling.'

Visit the MICA graduates 2022 website to see the list of all participating creatives and for opening times and locations.

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Interest