Browse Exhibits (29 total)

Restaurant Receipts


Kind words do not cost much, yet they accomplish much.

This collection of restaurant check receipts were collected by my co-workers and I, ranging from dissatisfied to satisfied guests who have dined mostly at Canopy Road Cafe, as I have included a receipt from another restaurant as well. Those who have not previously worked as waitress's or waiters wouldn't understand just how detremential these little annotations can be to a servers reputation and own personal self-confidence. However, the effectiveness of the notes can also heavily depend on the guest themself and the interactions that were held during their visit.  

Finding these types of notes are typical during shifts and provide us with personal feedback where we can learn where we can improve or where our areas of strength are. The categories that these notes can be put into are many, though I have limited it down to the top main ones: positive, negative, and flirtation. These tend to be the most reoccuring notation style that I have noitced over the years.

*keep in mind that these notes are from a variety of employee's in the restaurant  

Poetry, My Name is Dad

Poetry is known for its creative ingenuity, and as an engine of expression. Poems can be written for a myriad of reasons, but they hold a technical level that is more complex, in some respects, to other forms of circulated works: such as novels, short stories or essays. As a tool of everyday writing, poems can represent this definition through non-academic or work-related creation. Poetry is an abstract art that can discern the identity of the individual: the artist. Through poetry, culture and personal identity can be revealed through form and content.

This exhibit wishes to showcase the poems of a single individual: Roshan Ramhit. Roshan Ramhit was born on the island of Trinidad and Tobago. This island is located off the coast of South America in the Caribbean; the island is shaped like a boot. He grew up on the island and spent his youth there. It was only during his university years that he left Trinidad and moved to New York.

His works are written during his college years, and show off his identity to me as a father. As a man of distinct cultural background, his poems are also capable of enlightening on his childhood experiences and the culture he grew up in.

Several themes throughout his poetry are that of loneliness and homesickness. Roshan Ramhit explained, “Yeah, from home to school there was an hour of travel. So it [writing poetry] was to wait the time away. Also moving to a new environment [from Trinidad to New York], leaving my friends behind…, it was lonely. It was to take out frustration, loneliness and whatever else.”

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Annotated Elementary Books


"Our fingerprints never fade from the lives we touch." But what about our words? Better yet, what about our annotations. We use annotations in literature to highlight important concepts, ideas, beliefs, and values. The give a subject perspective into reading. This exhibit gives further insight into the annotations of young elementary schoolers from Barbara Skulszki's class.

Annotations are important in everyday life to help you correctly and coherently understand books. Harvard library regards this in the statement “Annotating puts you actively and immediately in a ‘dialogue’ with an author and the issues and ideas you encounter in a written text. It's also a way to have an ongoing conversation with yourself as you move through the text and to record what that encounter was like for you.” Annotations are more than a way to remember a sentence or phrase, annotations help you live through the book.

This exhibit focuses on annotation: a note added by way of comment or explanation. This exhibit is based on everyday writing in books. It focuses on select students from an Elementary school. Annotations are subjective, they are your interpretation of a story and can range from doodles to words that help you understand the story better. 

In gradeschool we were always taught never to write in books. They were considered property and it was shuned upon to "destroy" someone else's property. This exhibit shy's away from that steroype and promotes gradeschool children to annotate books. 

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Protest Signs: #NoBanNoWall


Since the election and inauguration of Donald Trump, there have been a number of protests in Tallahassee concerning different executive orders and policy changes he has planned and enacted. This includes his ideas for the southern border wall, his ban on immigration from a number of majority muslim coutries, the new healthcare plan proposal, the public statements he has made degrading women/minorities/transgender people/people that deal with weight issues, statements on and by cabinet appointees/ etc. 

People come out for protests so often that some have turned to signs that can stand true at any protest. Others spend some extra money on poster paper and markers and have something specific to every issue. These are photos specifically from a protest that was organized right after his executive order that suspended entry of all refugees -- those who want to resettle in the United States -- for 120 days and barred refugees from Syria indefinitely. The ban also prohibited nearly all citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days.

This was ultimately deemed unconstitutional in court, as was his second attempt at the travel ban a little while later. 

A very common rhetorical tactic in the creation of protest signs is to have it respond to a well-known statement or argument of the opposing side. While there was no initial intention for this exhibit to feature these types of protest signs specifically, but that is what has happened. Perhaps this just reinforces something about the genre of protests and protests signs altogether- protests are in response to a perceived social injustice.

"Frequently Used" Emojis: A Glimpse into the Soul

Emojis have become a popular way of incorporating emotions into text conversations by adding emphasis to the text or being used in replace of the text altogether. This digital form of communication began with symbols such as " :)" ":/" ":-(" and has now evolved into the icons that we know and love today.

IPhone creates a "frequently used" emoji section at the beginning of the emoji keyboard that reflects the emojis that the user uses most often. To see how these emojis are used to communicate and what we can assume about the user through investigation, I looked at a small group of individual's "frequently used" emojis. They were given a questionnaire to respond to and submitted a screenshot of their emojis as well. 

I wanted to look at how these icons are used to communicate messages, what different ways do people interpret them, and how this new digital communication may give a glimpse into the life of the individual.

Casserole Recipes

As the weather turns cooler and the holiday season approaches, there's one dish that I start to crave: casserole. While my mother’s squash casserole is my favorite (a staple at our Thanksgiving table), I rarely encounter a casserole that I will not try. There’s something about the homemade, hot dish that strikes me as the epitome of comfort cooking. As I thought about the casserole recipes I might make this year, I began to wonder about the history of the casserole. When and where did the dish originate? How did it come to be an American culinary staple?  In looking at recipes, we might begin to better understand the iconic place of the humble casserole. To that end, this exhibit showcases a variety of casserole recipes composed and shared by everyday people.

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Family Recipes

When we inherit recipes from our family members so much more is passed down than just directions for cooking a dish. I first became interested in this topic when I read a cookbook that my grandmother created and left to her four children. In the introduction to this cookbook by grandmother writes to her children about why she made the decision to compose this cook book. She talks about the early inadequacies she felt about being a new wife and bit about my grandfather; a man that I would never have the opportunity to meet. She tells her children a bit about their history and a bit about the recipes in the book. Each of the recipes that she chooses, she put in the book for a specific reason. Each of these recipes she hopes will elicit a memory for her children. This book got me thinking, what memories do inherited recipes have for other people?

 With this question in mind I set out to collect recipes from others. In my call for recipes I asked participants to share any recipes that they had that had been passed down to them by members of their family. What was interesting to me is that many people without being asked shared stories about these recipes. Participants talked about, when they remembered eating these foods, cooking these foods, who passed it down, and why this particular recipe is so important to their family.

In this exhibit, you will find a picture of the recipes that participants shared, as well as, the stories that they told me about these recipes. I hope that you enjoy and that this exhibit makes you think about your own family recipes.  

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Puerto Rican Recipes: Traditional Foods


This exhibit celebrates traditional Puerto Rican dishes normally featured during the holidays. After hurricanes Irma and Maria, one might assume the holidays in Puerto Rico will feel different this year. However, one of the lengthiest main dishes in the exhibit was made by a woman who has been without electricity since hurricane Maria. She ran her generator for four hours to cook the meal and send step-by-step photographs through her phone. What that says to me, the exhibit's creator, is that hardships can bring out some of the best in people: in this case, creativity, resilience, and kindness. 

"Puerto Rican Recipes: Celebration Foods" celebrates the strength and family values of a small Caribbean island whose people have created routine in difficult times and remain hopeful for progress.

Watercolors as Windows: Great Aunt Carol's Hand-Painted/Written Cards


This exhibit showcases the work of Carol A. Kiefel through a series of hand-painted greeting cards with handwritten text. Although she created and mailed these cards to a number of family members and friends, all of the cards in this exhibit were maiiled to me, Jessi Thomsen, her great niece. Reading across and between these cards, I analyze the underlying currents and meanings of her original images and text and the insights about everyday writing that might be gained at the intersection of verbal and visual. The exhibit also acts as a window to see the dynamics of life events of both sender and receiver and the affect attached to those events, words, images, and relationships.

Start by navigating to the Gallery as Introduction to view the full set of fifteen greeting cards. Then, browse through the other pages to see specific cards put in conversation with each other within the context of everyday writing.

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Constructing Our Ancestors


A wooden "case" of sorts was found in my grandmother's home shortly after she passed away in 2014. Armed with no knowledge about the ancestor, an attempt is now made at reconstructing the life of John Briayne Arthur Hostage through the pieces of writing he left behind. 

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