︎ An artist’s book around David Foster Wallace’s speech, “This is Water.”
︎ On themes of empathy, the value of higher education, and the apparent loneliness of adult life.
︎ My concept
Transitioning into university, I happened upon David Foster Wallace’s book, “This is Water.” The text originates from a commencement speech, and though the speech is over 10 years old, I still found its irreverant, humorous tone to be applicable to my experience.
I chose to keep this book relatively quiet and simplistic, using
negative space and white to convey the speech’s clear-cut, no-BS attitude
towards Wallace’s message.
︎ My content
To emphasize Wallace’s humor, I paired the main text with a
short collection of funny college anecdotes from a NY Times advice
Despite the casual tone, Wallace also offers insights into daily living and
“meaningfulness.” He does so by describing empty consumerism and the misery of
redundant adult life. I emphasized this concept with images of empty, monotonous
shopping malls and stores.