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Why the words? The mysterious word panels revealed

The inspiration behind the project

Senior Kristen Miyakawa poses in front of her artwork. (Photograph provided by Kristen Miyakawa)

Senior Kristen Miyakawa poses in front of her artwork. (Photograph provided by Kristen Miyakawa)

By Elizabeth Carrier | Staff Writer

Almost everyone wandering around campus this semester has inevitably walked past the giant four panels of black words on a white background outside of the library. Many students are intrigued by this project, but want to know more about what it’s saying and why it is there.

We all need something to distract us from the uncertainty of life. For creative people, we seem to constantly chase ‘the new,’” said Timothy Goodman in an interview for “The Great Disconnect.”

Senior Kristen Miyakawa has a deeper meaning behind her project and has stories to tell a famous artist’s interest in her work.

“This began as a class assignment but definitely became a project for my own enjoyment,” Miyakawa said. The assignment was to write a 10-page paper on a graphic artist and then create an accompanying art piece in the artist’s style.”

The artist Miyakawa did her project on was Timothy Goodman. Goodman is a graphic artist whose clients include many big names like Google, Ford and Target.

“Timothy began his career as a book jacket designer at Simon & Schuster, and he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where he now teaches,” his website states. He has received over 12 awards and publications for his work. Goodman has spoken and taught at over 20 workshops for his career.

He does a lot of work and shape art that closely resembles the style of Miyakawa project.

With each panel being much taller and wider than the average full-grown adult, it weighs about 50 pounds. The creative process was a time consuming one. She had originally hoped to do 10 panels, but simplified the design down to four after realizing what an undertaking that would be.

“I listened to some Jaden Smith and got in the zone for hours at a time,” Miyakawa said. “My man Jaden (Smith) definitely got me through some long hours of creating. I was really wanting to stretch my own limits as an artist, which I would say I did successfully.”

Although Jaden Smith helped her out with the creative process, the most exciting thing to come from this project for Miyakawa was getting in contact with Goodman himself.

“One of the most rewarding parts of this process was that I emailed Goodman with pictures of my piece after it was finished, and not only did he email me back several times, but he also shared the pictures I sent him on his Instagram story,” Miyakawa said.

Although the panels have been removed, knowing the story behind this artwork gives a deeper appreciation of it.

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