In Marisha Pessl's 2013 novel Night Film, auteur horror filmmaker Stanislas Cordova (a mashup of Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, and Alfred Hitchcock) makes films so terrifying that audience members sometimes faint—but cinema studies departments around the world pore over every scene. I imagined artwork for some of Cordova's (fictional) filmography.
I've always loved book jacket design, and often, when I read, I find myself envisioning an alternative cover, based on a particular piece of imagery within the novel, or on the mood the novel evokes. For Wuthering Heights, for example, I used an Edvard Munch lithograph that I felt echoed the novel's bleak, otherworldly, deeply romantic mood; though the lithograph postdates the novel by some fifty years, they feel connected to me. For The Goddesses, a 2017 novel set in Hawaii about a friendship between two women that goes terribly wrong, I edited an idyllic tropical image to look disconcerting and nightmarish, a nod to the book's trouble-in-paradise plot.
For InVersion's production of the world premiere of In the Woods We Return, I designed a poster evoking the play's contemplative and slightly eerie mood.
InVersion threw a fundraising gala in support of their contemporary musical retelling of Dracula. I designed this invitation to conjure a spooky party atmosphere.
I designed and built (using Wix) a complete website for InVersion Theatre, including pages for each production; donations; about; and contact. View it here.
I also took on the role of Props Designer for Or, An Astronaut Play. Textbooks were among the key props—the idea being that this was the kind of "astronaut school" where students wouldn't be getting a lot of hands-on experience. My inspiration for these covers, which I had printed and affixed to some vintage calculus books I sourced online, was the cheesy look of high school textbooks from the 1990s and 2000s. I added the black and white photographs of the Mercury 7 astronauts, which, out of context, make the astronauts look a little silly—and very white and male, underscoring the play's exploration of race, gender, and opportunity.
Or, An Astronaut Play, which debuted at The Tank in New York City in January 2020, is a lightly absurdist exploration of who gets what in America, told through the lens of four young people attending a (very) low budget school for aspiring astronauts. In creating this design (which appeared on posters, postcards, coasters, social media posts, and event invitations), I leaned into both the dreaminess and folly of the storyline.