Parsons / The New School

BFA Communication Design

Thesis 2016–17

Laura Tien
The Mundane

My thesis explores the idea of the mundane. How does experiencing and seeing something differently change its meanings? Mundane and banal objects around us shape so much of who we are, what we go through, and what we experience. However, these objects are often being ignored. Growing up, I had never spent much time with my father; however, many of the things we do, eat and use are so similar despite never really living together.

The daily mundane and banal objects can often be those that are most meaningful to us. It’s so ubiquitous that we often don’t realize its impact in our lives. People may have encounters with the same object, but have different memories about it. Through my thesis, I want to explore my relationship with my father through the telling of his stories with the use of mundane objects. It is an exploration of how I see and connect ordinary and banal objects with my thoughts and his stories.

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Parsons / The New School

BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2016–17