Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2015

The Art of Dying
Hilary Tunstall

Every living thing in the world is in a state of decay. However, destruction and dissolution do not always have negative connotations. This duality of destruction yielding a new, positive form dates as far back as the ancient Hindu god Shiva; known as “the destroyer and regenerator” because of his responsibility to destroy the world and create a new one. I began with the ideas of a life cycle, the inevitablity of demise, and eternality. This project manifested first as a book, which follows a narrative about death. I then burned the book, thereby transmuting it, serving as the expiry of the form. Taking the ashes that remained and reconstituting them in UV silkscreen medium, I then silkscreened posters. I then created a website that documents the book since it no longer tangibly exists, as well as provides access to the other digital components of the project. The inclusion of video and generative design inspire interactivity, and elucidate that these ideas are amorphous. Integrating these concepts associated with living organisms into the design process causes designers to be subject to nature’s influence of decay, transmutation and reactivity. This idea of embracing natural, experiential change echoes the fundamental concepts inherent to the many Eastern philosophies which heavily influence and inspire the work that I create. The Art of Dying suggests introspection on the ephemerality of every thought, object, and institution we know. This project explores, probes, and analyzes our transient existence and the decaying relics we leave behind.

Carolina Acosta

Carina Adijanto

Kathryn Adkins

Rosa Antonieta Andia Pastor

Che Ying Au

Nadia Bakst

Kevin Ballon

Tess Barber

Mercedes Beach

Trey Bedingfield

Evan Bender

Jan-Luca Berger

Liz Bergesch

Gabriel Berrios

Bianca Rose Bono

Zoe Sarah Bortz

Margot Bravi

Harlie Brindak

Stefania Brusatin

Shamma Buhazza

Daniela M. Casado

Edgar Castro

Dahye Chang

Alicia Chen

Jiayi Chen

Taylor Childers

Sanjana Chimnani

Yerang Choi

Caroline Chriss

Gregory Conte

Rafael Cordoboa

Gina Marie Costa

Karen-Cristina Cruz

Rachel Darmody

Amanda DeGiuseppe

Brittany DiPeri

Dariel Ben Dominguez

Phoebe Feng

Mark Foss

Lindsey Frazier

Anais Freitas

Amanda Goldstein

MaryAnn George

Camille Gervais

Sarah Gonzalez

Jessica Griscti

Anissa Hanley

Christa Herchek

Albert Hicks IV

Deja Holden

Mu-Ti Huang

Cari Hume

Zachary David Hurley

Anushae Hussain

Nicole Ignacio

Lama Kaddura

Sul Kim

Ji Hyun Kim

Hyerin Kim

Sunghoon Kim

Green Kim

Felicitas Kofler

Joan Koo

Hannah Kramer

Taiji Kuroda

Jasmine Lam

Alex Lardaro

Liberty Leben

Victoria Lee

Jayne Lee

Stephanie Leone

Crysta Leong

Sara Li

Liza Littlefield

Christopher Lucero

Huy Luong

Briana Lynch

Rachel Mak

David Marte

Nelle McDade

Kelly Merole

Marie Mhina

Riho Mineta

Regina Morgan-Muñoz

Ayla El-Moussa

Baki Mumkaya

Summer Myung

Caroline Newton

Sofia Oom

Adrian Ortega Pedraza

Rusbeny Pichardo

Maria Putri

Auriel Rickard

Nancy Rivera

Simone Roark

Emalis Robateau

Hussain Salahuddin

Benjamin Sands

Ariel Saura

Taleen Setrakian

Wren Sieber

Phuong Tran

Hilary Tunstall

Ujvala Abirami Vemparala

Gosbinda Vizarretea

Claudia von Hillebrandt

Marcus Washington Jr.

Jocelyn Wu

Jasmine Yacoub

Brenden Ying

Horin Yip

Christelle YuanYuan Zhang

Katie Zheng