Artwork that Loyola Marymount University Se
nior honors student Melissa Sweet made during her summer studying in London has found a permanent home at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Two of her final critique pieces, “To the Future” and “Elixer,” were selected to be inducted into the college’s archive. In fact, the two professors who marked her final critique purchased copies of each of the posters.
“I was floored when the professors said that my work was amazing and asked if it was OK to put in their archive,” said Sweet, an international business and graphic design double major. “I consider it to be the ultimate compliment.”
During the three-month summer program, Sweet studied design, letterpress, silk-screening, and photography. She was impressed with how the other art students displayed their creativity and originality through screenprinting and the uses of color, paper choice and poster shapes.
“What particularly struck me was the use of these posters to publicize school-wide events through letter-pressed posters or through silk-screen posters,” said Sweet. “[They put] so much time and effort into each individual poster that they were hard to ignore. No two posters looked similar.”
Her first screen print, “To the Future,” is a Cold War type illustration of a spaceship and the moon and utilizes the traditionally Communist colors of red and yellow. Sweet hoped to express a feeling of optimism for the future but the piece was also a personal message to her boyfriend.
“People outside of our relationship can appreciate it for its authenticity and take away their own meanings. When you look at it from my boyfriend’s point of view, you see our initials and the date we started dating on the bottom corner,” Sweet said. “The stars are different symbols of our past dates – a picnic basket, a landmark of Balboa Park, a typewriter, a muscular arm, a French bulldog.”
“Elixer” is a Western-stylized snake oil and medicine show poster that Sweet used to define the source of happiness. The poster was printed on cheap paper with similar vintage imagery to mimic 18th and 19th century posters. “There is no ultimate cure for happiness because it’s a different everyone” Sweet said.
This semester, Sweet is coordinating communication and publicity for the university’s Honors Program. She hopes to incorporate the techniques she learned this summer to draw attention to campus events.
Posted Oct. 25, 2010