Celestine Revelations illuminates the spiritual journey of humanity through sacred insights into our esoteric existence. Juxtaposing the sacrality of geometry with human imperfection, these insights are communicated through the serenity of gestural, yet systematic, brush strokes. As our divine paths unfold, we engage with an intrinsic flow of energy that allows us to understand our presence and purpose in the universe. This purpose will awaken us, and lead us to an era of overwhelming understanding and human connection.
In the Western World, there exists a gender binary, a social dichotomy that society conforms to which meets the ideals of masculinity and femininity in all aspects of sex and gender. Through the category of Transforming Gender, I wanted to delve into the idea that the human identity is not just “black and white” as we tend to adhere to.
Through the use of the Identity Spectrum, we can rethink the idea of the gender symbols. The original Identity Spectrum was created by translategender.org and Ahuviya Harel, then later modified by Ian Night. The spectrum celebrates that the human identity is not just male and female. Other categories to take into account are gender identity, gender expression, sexual attraction, and romantic attraction. With these factors taken into account, a subjective experience of one’s own gender can be better understood.
The Identity Spectrum Survey
A survey was created and distributed among the LGBT community on Reddit.com. Once the survey was completed by
the participants, data was collected and translated into the 45 symbols. The symbol’s structure is based on the format of the Identity Spectrum. Each category has it’s own set of symbols. Like phases of the moon, the symbols change according to where you are on the spectrum. A structure reminiscent of a DNA strand forms to create unique gender symbols representing the participant’s identity.
Grace lives and works as a graphic designer in her hometown of Houston, Texas. She is a senior in the Graphic Design Program at the University of Houston. Her professor, Sibylle Hagmann, introduced her to the 45 Symbols project, which became a medium to explore her interest in the gender binary through the category of Transforming Gender.
As humans we are always striving to connect with other people, their ideas, the environment we live in, and the context that surrounds us. Through time, people have continued to progress alongside technology with the concept of ‘connectivity’ evolving simultaneously.
Similar to our presence in a physical space, we exist in a digital realm that is seemingly much vaster than our perceived environment. Technology has driven humans to create digital networks that keep us connected to everything and everyone around us. Technological advances allow us to connect effortlessly and instantly with people around the globe. Digital networks constitute their own invisible space and we experience it as an expansion of our physical environment, such as our home, workplace, or car.
Each of the 45 symbols illustrates a different scenario of a network’s functionality, and how these connections relate to human interactions within a physical space.
Helen Nerio is a senior majoring in Graphic Design at the University of Houston. She was born in El Salvador and grew up in Katy, Texas.
Helen has a passion for lettering and learning new things. She also enjoys utilizing her design to bring about awareness of social issues. In the same vein, her 45 symbols serve to call attention to how technology has become such an important part of our lives.
After graduation, Helen plans on continuing to practice design and use her skillset to become a social entrepreneur.
Inequality of Urban Space
The inequality that still prevails within the human race is a constant problem in our society. When living in an environment that is constantly deteriorating and is looked down upon without having a choice, the future generally is not so good. Regardless of the different incomes we have, a person’s quality of live should never be jeopardized because of things they have no control over.
I decided to focus on inequality as apparent in physical urban space. The consequences of such inequality reflect in the way neighborhoods are perceived and the stereotypes that surround them. The quality of life in a low-income neighborhood is extremely discouraging. It stops people from evolving and believing they can achieve more in life as opposed to a normal/higher-level neighborhood, where the grass is always greener.
My 45 symbols portray the evident differences between advantaged and disadvantaged neighborhoods and draw attention to the importance of the extreme disconnection between these two worlds. The way these symbols were drawn and illustrated reflect the quality of life in such neighborhoods. And while differences in income will always exist, the quality of life shouldn’t be at risk or compromised.