Mick Rutowski



Senior Thesis: Recollection 2

My thesis project is meant to explore the link between personal relationships and memories.
Our understanding of others is inherently based on our experiences with them, which are stored
as memories. Depending on the nature of those memories, our perception of others can change.

For this series, I prompted the three subjects to tell me their most vivid memory of an experience shared with someone close to them. After sharing their story with me, I immediately took a snapshot of them.
I then typeset sections of each subject’s story, as well as creating illustrations that highlight a particular detail of the story.

I used these visual and typographic elements to create the following nine digital collages.
The collages are organized into three compositions for each of the three subjects,
creating three progressions.
My goal was to visually represent the process of remembering or forgetting a particular experience or individual Each of these three progressions tells a unique and emotional story, which is framed
by the subject’s memory of that event.

It is my hope that viewers will find ways to relate to these individuals, and will begin to examine their own memories as they consume the pieces.

I believe that it is through examining these kinds of memories that we determine who we want to form and maintain meaningful relationships with, and how we learn to manage and understand our own emotions.