OPENNESS


A thesis presented by Qiwen Ju, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in the Department of Graphic Design of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. 


Abstract
Opening Apertures
Relevant Terms
Multiple Perspectives
︎︎︎ Stereotype
︎︎︎We
︎︎︎ Stop Asian Hate Poster
︎︎︎ On This Day
Interview with Yiyang Hei
Shifting Perspective
︎︎︎ Maze
︎︎︎ Alienation
︎︎︎ Moiré Typeface
Studying Perspective
︎︎︎ Reframing Story
My Perspective
︎︎︎ Escape From Reality
︎︎︎ El Lissitzky And Werner Jeker
︎︎︎ The Grid
︎︎︎ If You Could See What I Hear
Afterword


BACK

MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES


Left: Las Meninas, Diego Velazquez, 1656
As one of the most significant paintings by the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas has been hailed by many scholars and painters as a philosophy of art depicted on canvas. So, what is the unique aspect of this painting? It is the open-ended reflection caused by the interplay of multiple perspectives. In this painting, five people are gazing at us as observers. The rest of the people have their attention elsewhere, but these lines of sight are essentially interconnected. But the most important point comes from the reflection in the mirror at the back of the room. We can see King Philip IV and his wife Mariana de Austria through the mirror, which raises the question, who are we as observers? Am I the king or the queen in the painting? Or am I just an ordinary viewer who happens to be here? By combining multiple perspectives in this way, the work breaks through the dimensions of time and environment, giving us a chance to rethink the relationship between reality and image.

So, in this section, I will talk about how multiple perspectives have influenced my graphic design work. Although these works come from different periods, they are intended to express something much more profound than what you can see.