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 trace my movements through the world, explore my relationship to death and loss, and to comment on life in late capitalist culture.

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.

Exhibitions

  • Typeforce 8, 2017. Co-Prosperity Sphere. Chicago, Illinois.
  • By the People: Designing a Better America, 2015–16. Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. New York, New York.
  • Endless Biennial, 2016. 20x20 Gallery, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Center. New York, New York.
  • Vancouver Art Book Fair, 2016. Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • tdc62 Traveling Exhibition, 2015–16. Cooper Union. New York, New York.
  • Philadelphia Art Book Fair, 2016. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 6x6, 2016. Covenant College. Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
  • By Hand, 2015. Association for the Visual Arts. Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • The Floating Library, 2015. Silverwood Park. St. Anthony, Minnesota.
  • Horse of a Different Color, 2015. Gateway Center for the Arts. Mt. Sterling, Kentucky.
  • Renaissance, 2015. Frank Gallery. Raleigh, North Carolina. Asheville Bookworks. Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Project Passion, 2015. Minnesota State University. Mankato, Minnesota.
  • Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair, 2015. moca Los Angeles. Los Angeles, California.
  • Open Spaces, 2014. Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • secac Members Exhibition, 2013. unc Greensboro. Greensboro, North Carolina.

Publications

Awards & Recognition

  • Certificate of Typographic Excellence, Type Directors Club. 2016.
  • Print Regional Design Annual Awards, 2016.
  • American Graphic Design Awards, 2014.

Studio Residencies

  • Fish Factory Creative Centre, 2017. Stöðvarfjördur, Iceland.
  • La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts, 2016. Noyers, France.
  • Hambidge Center Creative Residency, 2015. Rabun Gap, Georgia.