If knowledge is power, the public library is the free charging station for all. The design for this screenprint series takes cues from the iconic paintings of Ed Ruscha and WPA public service poster design of the 1930s and 1940s. Inspired by Robert Dawson’s photography, I wanted to share how libraries look different across communities, from a humble trailer in Death Valley to Seattle’s iconic Modernist structure. By highlighting the public library’s key role in fostering invention, democracy, and upward mobility, I hoped to rally my fellow Americans to advocate for library funding.
Keep Our Public Libraries Open, 2011
Five-color screen print triptych
18.5" x 25"
Printed by Deborah Lao