This project was developed as a result of conversations between professors Brent Dedas (WKU) and Meena Khalili (VSU) regarding art and design. Overlaps between the process and practice of both art and design, as well as connections between teaching strategies for these disciplines gave way to the concept for this project. These discussions took place between Dedas and Khalili over the first half of 2014 and the resulting project was implemented during the Fall 2014 semester.
What needed to occur as a result of this collaboration was different for each course involved. As the conversation continued to evolve, they discovered recurring parallels in the act of mark making: typographers were creating form as a language, painters were creating a language of marks. Students were asked to consider how we mutually respond to each others creative pursuits in an interesting way, as one student’s typography template became another student’s springboard for a mark.
What evolved was a conversation in artistic terms based strictly in mark-making.