Ariel Grosvenor

Eradicate Social Control

My passion for social justice and acceptance has led me through many forms of advocacy. From writing papers and brochures to giving lectures and leading workshops I have experienced many points of view from various walks of life and I am looking to take these lessons and move forward. I have an urge to create and communicate, spread my message and ultimately lift stereotypes and challenge harsh opinions. I came to Montserrat seeking the tools that will allow me to clearly communicate through graphics and typography. I have gained skills from numerous graphic design classes that allow me to effectively convey my ideals. I want to bring this to meet my passion for social justice and begin launching my message during senior seminar.

This semester I am going to create educational and radical graphics about the ongoing gay rights movement. I want to create works that can connect across broad audiences, reach out and educate those who are afraid of what they don’t know. I also want to create art that will challenge the viewer, force them to stop, think, and rediscover what they believe in. It is a campaign that is fighting for rights against discrimination, equal marriage rights and a vast change of opinion. I plan on using social networking sites and local locations to begin spreading my message, then expanding as opportunities arise. I am interested in creating print and digital works, with concepts that tie together across the board.

5 September 2011

 

I was extremely involved in spreading acceptance of diversity in Maine through various forms of public speaking. I traveled across the state to give speeches and workshops to help create Gay-Straight Alliances in high schools. Over time I realized there are only so many people I can reach with my speech, but by using graphic arts and modern technology for extreme reproduction, I can multiply my audience infinitely.

I have an urge to create and communicate, spread my message and ultimately lift stereotypes and challenge harsh opinions. I came to Montserrat seeking the tools that will allow me to clearly communicate through graphics and typography. I have gained skills from numerous graphic design classes that allow me to effectively and clearly convey my ideals. I have been exploring and finding my personal style and this year I’ve discovered my work is strongest in a clean, gridded design. I want to bring this to meet my passion for social justice and begin launching my message during senior seminar.

During senior seminar I am going to create educational as well as radical graphics about the ongoing gay rights movement. I want to create works that can connect across broad audiences, reach out and educate those who are afraid of what they don’t know. I also want to create art that will challenge the viewer, force them to stop, think, and rediscover what they believe in. It is a campaign that is fighting for rights against discrimination, equal marriage rights and a vast change of opinion. I plan on using social networking sites and local locations to begin spreading my message, then expanding as opportunities arise. I am interested in creating print and digital works, with concepts that tie together across the board.

13 May 2011



2 Responses to “Ariel Grosvenor”

  1. Ari
    09/14/2011

    Concepts/ statistics/ one liners:

    fbi.gov
    2009 hate crimes based on sexual orientation
    31.2% near residence
    21.3% roads/ alleys
    10.1% schools/ colleges

    1338 rights of marriage
    ? rights of civil unions (to be researched)

    Human rights = civil rights

    There are couples that have been happily committed for 25 years, yet are turned down at city hall for a marriage license.

    “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie

    “Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance.” -Arnold Glasow

    It is natural to fear the unknown, but do not fear asking questions

    Be careful who you hate, for it may be someone you love

    Ignorance is bliss. Unless you’re not.

    A princess can’t become a queen without her prince

    Every flame burns differently. Expect diversity.

    Knowledge is power. Ignorance fuels fear.

    Inspiration

    http://www.designcanchange.org/#/issue/problem/slide8

    http://www.hrc.org/about_us/what_we_do.asp

    http://www.haring.com/home.php

    http://www.socialdesignsite.com/

    http://www.projectmlab.com/#

  2. John
    10/07/2011

    Could you point to designers and other communicators, who are successful and interesting in their approach(es) to this kind of challenge? In Seminar, we briefly discussed some of the Benetton campaigns, including the quite famous AIDS poster. Other examples that inspire you?

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