I locate my practice in the interstice between graphic design and fine art. Graphic design is the language I choose for giving form to my independent thought. It is this discourse and history that I respond to, though I resist delimiting the field by commercial validation. I am interested in the possibilities of process, in the negotiability of signs, and I seek to engage readers in the play of meaning. I draw on critical theory and travel, using my work to investigate the ways that private experiences intersect with public spaces, rituals, and narratives. Lastly, because graphic design is inherently social, I look for ways to use its tools to promote criticality and active citizenship.
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.
Contact Aggie at email@example.com.