Between the Lines is an interactive art exhibition comprised of several sets of three to four comic-book-styled sequential panels. Each set of panels tells a story, although the central panels are temporarily obscured by a black curtain. Seeing only the first and last panels in each set invites the audience to construct their own narrative by reading “between the lines” before pulling back the curtain to uncover the hidden panels. This audience interaction with the artwork reveals the misreadings that result from missing context, recalling the current challenges of navigating media bias and clickbait and the misinformation that results.
Using traditional forms of comic construction, the image is first drawn and inked on Bristol Board, colored and rendered digitally, and finally printed and hung on the wall.
By interacting directly with the pieces, much like the turning of pages in a comic book, viewers may dive deeper and more personally into the work to discover parallels between the work and assumptions they make every day. These artworks rely on the space between the viewers’ perception of the narrative and their realization of the intended narrative once the full set of panels are visible. Between the Lines as a series of artworks is influenced by studies in semiotics - the study of signs as language - and the pop-art movement of the 1950s.