For this project, we were asked to create a series of posters on a topic we felt strongly about, which we would then install in a specific location to inform an audience we chose about our topic. The posters were to be created solely by hand — no Creative Suite allowed.
I chose to do my posters on the death penalty in the United States. Each poster contains an excerpt from the last statement of an executed inmate who was later exonerated and a related fact about the death penalty.
I created images with a rough texture by photocopying pieces of metal, chains, scratched pieces of paper, and text and photos printed directly from the Texas database of last statements.
To situate my posters, I decided to hang them in the Yale Law School on the wall of the main stairwell, a large space decorated with portraits and flyers for different Law School events. The final size of the posters and their contents provided a stark contrast to the gilded portraits of famous Law alums. Many students and professors stopped to read and speak to me about the posters.