Laura Salgarolo


My senior thesis project is a living workspace and reading environment, housing a library of books and labeled ephemera guarded by librarian sculptures. This collection includes a series of books I made by hand, the foremost of which is a picture book I have written and illustrated.

The books of this project are all in some way an attempt to discover the reason behind the resilience of the format of stories and books by creating new ones through alterations and subversions. By questioning the familiar format I question myself and my assumptions, as well as where my ideas come from and how I selectively collect and store them.

The generous supplying of materials from the Fund for Visual Learning allowed me to explore concepts in many different mediums. Through this fund, I approached my ideas with more confidence and eagerness to experiment. I cannot thank the department and organizers of this opportunity enough.