Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2014

El Nergo Detrá del la Orjea
Patricia Encarnaciòn

Part of the identity of an individual is defined by factors external to himself or herself, factors that have been demarcated by the society and/ or the environment which he or she was exposed during his lifetime. As a Dominican, I’m starting a project where I can reflect my identity through my culture, by teaching the rest of the world who Dominicans are and reminding my countrymen why we love so much and belong to that little but beautiful island. The Black Behind The Ear (El Negro Detrà de la Orjea) aims to enhance the Dominican culture, marginalizing racial and classist beliefs that exist in our culture. Through a series of popular objects cast in porcelain, and photographic compositions based on popular phrases, I will create narration that describe us as Dominicans, stressing that neither color nor social class define who we are, because at the end we are all the same. The reason for making porcelain pieces with these objects that Dominicans considered “ordinary” is to put these object in a different context and add the meaning and the importance that they actually have in the Dominican culture. The objects selected are: plantain, yucca, bottle Barceló, brugal bottle, avocado, tambora, güira, gugarcane, rosary, coffee nean, and container candle. (This list of items is subject to change). Part of the satire is make this porcelains look like the nobility’s porcelain that Spaniards used to have in the fifteenth century. The final product will be a book with a series of photographs made by Dominican elements and the porcelain pieces. This book will be a graphic source of inspiration and a narrative tool that will show the beautiful culture we have in Dominicanda Republic. This project is a reminder to the world of how the basic and ordinary elements can be part of the great pillar of a culture.

Sarah Alfulaij

Michael Anderson

Darwin Andrango

Leonardo Araujo

Atif Azam

Kyle Barber

Rachel Bernstein

Jillian Black

Matthew Boblet

Mallory Brennan

Joel Califa

Rosaurora Cardenas

Flora Chan

Hanna Chang

Julie Hanna Chea

Abby Wanyu Chen

Justin Cheung

Sherylene Chew

YunHee Choi

Mehr Chopra

Lu Chuang

YooMin Chun

Key Peum Chung

Haesoo Chung

Tyler Cohen

Vernicia Colon

Samantha Cooper

Gabriela d'Amato

Roderic David

Ambar Del Moral

Taryn Dooley

Anthony Duong

Patricia Encarnaciòn

Evelee Estevez

Virginia Leigh Farrell

Kean Ferin

Adam Fernandez

Enrique Ferreyros

Férvido Frías

Jane Gardner

Stephanie Gonzalez

Danielle Gorodenzik

Omar Greene

Gabrielle Guglielmelli

Elda Hadajian

Joy Han

Emma Hanson

Julio Hernandez

Jacob Hernandez

Chris Hong

Ann Yung Chu Hsieh

Xinle Jill Huang

Thanh Cong Huynh

Anthony Iciano

Wesley Johnson

Polina Kadkina

Byoungok Kim

Gena Kim

Lindsey Kim

Lucia Ji Won Kim

Tiffany Kim

Hyo Taek Kim

Esther Kim

Ga Hyun Kim

Jane Kim

Jae Young Kim

Daniella Krihely

Andrea Latimer

Seulbi Lee

Jina Lee

Yongmin Lee

JiYun Lee

Julie Lee

Jae Yong Lee

Iris Li

Joanne Chai Wen Lim

Octavio Llano

Rebecca Low

Andrea Fiorella Martinez

Odile Martínez-Santamari

Gerald Morin

Nadine Muhtadi

Phuong Nguyen

Brandon Nicolas

Seema Nisar

Grant Noel

Neal Oh

Solgil Oh

Valentina Pherson

Elli Pohl

Cody Pumper

Regina Puno

Shem Rajoon

Fabian Rastorfer

Bryan Ribeiro

Konstantinos Riginos

Sarah Rim

YoungHee Ryu

Sylvia Saborio

Joamir Salcedo

Camille Sacha Salvador

Emilio Sanchez

Katherine Santos

Joely Saravia

Amber Rose Seppi

Pauline Shin

Jennifer Shin

Anjana Singhwi

Renee Sluzhevsky

Meghan Smart

Noelle Smith

Chrystal Soegandhi

Wannina Somboonvechakarn

Albert Son

Suho Song

Charmaine Kwan Tung Sum

Natasha Sumant

Aija Suuta

Rachal Tai

Lisa Thieffry

Natashia Tjandra

Natasha Villarraga

Robert Vinluan

Francisco Vivar

Simone Wagner

Robert Waluszko

Kathleen Wang

Ashley Wayne

Boyun Yang

Kanny Yeung

Taylor Zanke

Frankie Zek

Sharon Zhang

Jody Zhou

Tiffany Zhu

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