Elizabeth Jacobs
Words and Poems from Bathroom Stalls

After a process of collecting poems and political sentiments from bathroom graffiti in Logan Square, a series of fifteen screen printed posters were made from the stalls’ contents. The posters, which reveal the thoughts and feelings of the people in the community, were then posted up into the streets, adding a sense of that quirky and strong community back into the neighborhood in a time when shared public spaces are not accessible in the way they were before. On the posters are QR codes that link back to a photo of the original content scribbled in a bathroom stall.

My final project is a showcase of bathroom graffiti found in Logan Square, remade and placed back into the community in outside public spaces that are easily accessible to all. Spending the first couple weeks in a process of observing and collecting, I have gathered several notes, poems, or obscure thoughts written in public bathroom stalls around the neighborhood. I have documented when and where I collected my content from, and then I used these words as my content on screen printed posters. I decided to make the posters through the medium of screen printing on bristol paper because I want them to feel a bit rough around the edges--I want the posters to be handmade and authentic like the content that they will hold. Screen printing is a process that allows for errors and for mistakes that are celebrated, so it’s a unique style that fits with my project concept as a whole: celebrating the messy and chaotic bathroom graffiti. Fifteen posters of words collected were placed back into the community, out of context and in plain sight on the streets. There are also QR codes attached that, when scanned, will show the content’s original location and the date in which it was collected.

Elizabeth Jacobs

Elizabeth Jacobs is a graphic designer and photographer based out of Chicago, Illinois. She will be graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Psychology from Depaul University in the spring of 2021. She is interested in projects that are revealing and sincere, ones that draw attention to the human condition and the depth of human experience.

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