Moya Fagan
Burying Color

Burying Color is a book about starting a compost pile while quarantined. Images taken of the compost pile and items going into it were turned into color palettes and printed onto transparent paper in the form of a ring-bound artist’s book.

Images of a compost pile are turned into color palettes in the artist’s book Burying Color. Each image has a five-color palette with only one color printed per page. One 4x5.33″ image is depicted across five 4x6″ pages with a 0.8x0.67″ color swatch at the bottom of each page. A single 4x5.33″ white page is placed every five pages, meaning that each image can be seen individually while one new color of the next palette is revealed by every flip of the page.

Just as a compost pile melds with the earth below it, Burying Color is a book with no beginning or end. The viewer is placed into the middle of an infinite color palette and must decide for themselves what is depicted in each image. Transparent paper reflects the layers of the compost pile, which the people making it create in the beginning and the pile itself continues to create through the process of decomposition.

Moya Fagan
Moya Fagan is a designer from Massachusetts who moved to Chicago in 2016. Originally seeking a Computer Science degree, she took a chance on a more creative endeavor when she switched to Graphic Design during her freshman year. Over the years, she has found a passion for color-palette development and exploring the impact of color in every-day life, culminating in her capstone project. This project is dedicated to her uncle Ken. Slán, táimid uainn tú.

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