I locate my practice in the interstice between graphic design and fine art. By self-publishing zines, books, and printed multiples, I occupy a tiny space of resistance to the commercial mandates on visual communication. I am interested in the negotiability of signs and I seek to engage readers in the play of meaning. I use my work to comment on life in late capitalist culture and I am specifically interested in the ways that private experiences intersect with public spaces, rituals, and narratives.
Aggie Toppins teaches graphic design at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and serves as Associate Head of the Art Department. After working for more than 15 years as a commercial designer, Aggie chose to direct her creative energies towards teaching design, writing, and self-publishing artist editions through The Unofficial Press. Aggie received her mfa from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. She lives beside a mountain with her husband and their two silly dogs.