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ENGAGED BUDDHISM: INTERSECTIONS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE & SPIRITUALITY (2017)
In this project from April 2020, I wanted to explore the general concept of a "morality engine." This was a personal project with no deadline, so the process work ended up spanning 30+ pages. I've picked out a few for simplicity's sake and done my best to present them chronologically even though the mapping, lists, thumbs, and sketches crisscrossed the whole way.
I liked the packed meaning that came with a young girl going to school and started thumbnailing in that direction but the metaphor took on too much weight during the sketching process and I went back to brainstorming other concepts of "schoolgirl innocence." Still, I felt like I was forcing a dead cliche so I shelved the schoolgirl metaphor and, referencing the institutions list from earlier brainstorming, started thumbnailing metaphors back to back, each one inspiring the next.
I repeatedly hit on themes of consumption, distraction, and self-preservation, which all provided more nuanced discussions on the workings of morality and ethics than a schoolgirl pulling a wagon. There were two concepts (THE WAY EVERYTHING AROUND US BEHAVES, and THE COMPLEXITY OF UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE AS THEY LIVE) that I continued exploring back and forth. Even though I generally used the same layering approach, textures, colors, and style of linework, the forest scene didn't cut it for me in the end.
"The Complexity of Understanding People As They Live" is the first finished piece that came from the morality engine concept, and there are other drafts in progress derived from these thumbnail sketches. Read more about the finished piece here.