I locate my practice in the interstice between graphic design and fine art. By self-publishing zines, books, and printed multiples, I occupy a 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. Drawing on critical theory and travel, I use my work to investigate 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 is directing her creative energies towards self-publishing editions through The Unofficial Press, writing about design, and doing community-based projects. 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.