The Princes & The Beast: Worlds of Storied Experience

Stories, even the most fantastic, can and do influence realities. When you look closely, the line between the authentic and the make believe begins to blur. This traveling exhibit, The Princess & the Beast, likewise slips between facts and fictions—reflecting a precarious contemporary moment where truth is hard to pin inside a velvet case and the real is mediated, designed just for us. Just like any good story, a museum asks us to collude in its version of truth.

So, gathered here are marginal tales you may or may not know: recollections and anecdotes like heirlooms passed down through generations. Here is the stuff of dreams (and nightmares). Here are monsters.

2015  /  A CASE OF FACTS & FICTIONS, NO. 1 & 2; MISHEPISHU SPECIMEN  /  Bone, wire, fur, glass, digital print on acrylic, etching on Plexiglass, brass.

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2015  /  A CASE OF FACTS & FICTIONS, NO. 2; SOME FACTS & USEFUL DIAGRAMS; PRINCESS MISHAWAKA BY GEORGE CALTIN BY SARAH MARTIN  /  Wood vitrine, glass, Plexiglass, slide, tintype, video projection, found object; inkjet prints; oil, acrylic, digital print on canvas.

2015  /  A CASE OF FACTS & FICTIONS, NO. 2  /  Slide, glass, acrylic print.

2015  /  A CASE OF FACTS & FICTIONS, NO. 1  /  Slide, glass, acrylic print.

2015  /  A CASE OF FACTS & FICTIONS, NO. 1; SOME FACTS & USEFUL DIAGRAMS  /  Wood vitrine, glass, Plexiglass, magic lantern, slide, tintype, video projection, found object; inkjet prints.

2015  /  A CASE OF FACTS & FICTIONS, NO. 1  /  Wood vitrine, glass, Plexiglass, magic lantern, slide, tintype, video projection, found object.

 2015  /  A CASE OF FACTS & FICTIONS, NO. 1  /  Magic lantern, video projection, audio.

2015  /  A CASE OF FACTS & FICTIONS, NO. 1  /  Magic lantern, video projection, audio.

2015  /  A CASE OF FACTS & FICTIONS, NO. 2  /  Balsa wood, inkjet, ink.

2015  /  A CASE OF FACTS & FICTIONS, NO. 2; SOME FACTS & USEFUL DIAGRAMS; PRINCESS MISHAWAKA BY GEORGE CALTIN BY SARAH MARTIN  /  Wood vitrine, glass, Plexiglass, slide, tintype, video projection, found object; inkjet prints; oil, acrylic, digital print on canvas.

2015  /  PRINCESS MISHAWAKA BY GEORGE CATLIN BY SARAH MARTIN  /  Oil, acrylic, digital print on canvas.

2015  /  A CASE OF FACTS & FICTIONS, NO. 2; SOME FACTS & USEFUL DIAGRAMS; PRINCESS MISHAWAKA BY GEORGE CALTIN BY SARAH MARTIN; MISHEPISHU SPECIMEN  /  Wood vitrine, glass, Plexiglass, slide, tintype, video projection, found object; inkjet prints; oil, acrylic, digital print on canvas.

Based in an inquisitive and iterative approach, this thesis work investigates narrative origins, identities, power dynamics, and life and death in the design of folk and fairy tales. I am particularly interested in how storytelling influences visual dynamism and vice versa, more specifically what design decisions within the whimsical space of folktale are made to communicate the complexities of human behavior.