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Zoe Gillette19, BFA, Illustration
Kite | 2019, Illustration

From the Series "Flightless Animal" 

"The subject of my senior thesis was the ethos of human flight. The purpose of this was to ask questions about how this idea, a universal and very human urge to see things from new perspectives, changed over time since its beginning, when people could only dream of flying. As the dream got progressively closer to our contemporary airport reality, people grappled with kites, God, and birds to fly. My research turned this project into a five-part narrative on this slow journey we have all collectively been a part of."

"The Han Dynasty China saw the first kites, and the first time people were able to control a man-made object in something as wild as the wind. This planted the seed of the idea that man, too, could fly."