Marlee Chlystek

This project includes a collection of compositions which represent the exploration of design research, process, and perception. Everything created here was inspired by other artists and their words on how creating has impacted the way they live and interact with the world. Tart is a zine that showcases the mysteries of the artist’s mind, examples of collected data, and how our perceptions offer a variety of perspectives to the audience even when focused on simple experiences.

Tart is a zine designed with an intent to portray the unknowable truth. Delivering completely real but distorted constructions of moments that might be ambiguous to the truth that they hold. Capturing the authentic perception of an experience and stepping into the realms of manipulation. Using experimentation and knowledge, this zine is a collection of thoughts, words, drawings, screenshots, stories, facts, history, and images that ultimately explains nothing while representing it all! The artist speaks because the artist listened. What we use to create is based on the emotional connections we have to our knowledge of things. This is where we become a vessel to deliver the vision we have of the things that we interact with, the world we relate to, or the story we are enacting.

As artists, we are a vessel for knowledge and experimentation to flow through and reach the minds of others. The artist plays a role as a machine, organizing and processing history for inspiration. The making of these designs were based on conversations around this topic, picking at the minds of several local Chicago artists, notes from interviews and articles. Hopefully your gears are grinding, you are inspired by the collected knowledge and how the open ended questions have impacted Marlee in her experimentation through different design techniques as well.

Marlee Chlystek
Hey there, my name is Marlee. I am a creative who is skilled in visual arts, fascinated by human beings, and motivated to experiment. I dabble in many mediums of creation for I am always looking for newness and opportunities to step into new realms of knowledge. Graphic design is a way for me to take my vision and simply figure it out. I appreciate the endless possibilities in this path and will use it to tell a story with a future forward perspective. I believe that we inspire each other to see what is here, imagine what is not, and create what could be. Hopefully we cross paths and share in this lifetime!

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Thank you to our Capstone volunteers, including students Leslie Ramirez, Chris Keramidas, Caroline Schlegel, and faculty member Laura Rossi García. Special thanks to 2020–21 Capstone faculty Shiro Akiyoshi, Nathan Matteson, and Heather Snyder Quinn.

College of Computing and Digital Media
School of Design
243 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago IL 60604

Graphic Design Capstone Showcase 2020 and 2021
Advisors: Shiro Akiyoshi, Nathan  Matteson, and Heather Snyder Quinn