Alyssa Gerasimoff





I am a recent graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Furniture Design and Culture and Sustainability Studies. My present work aims to raise awareness for and critically explore inequalities inherent to contemporary global food systems. Although my studies were completed in a three-dimensional medium, I enjoy working in a variety of two-dimensional and digital mediums. I am an academic at heart and writing is an essential practice that accompanies all of my projects. I am currently based in Berlin, Germany. 



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CONSCIOUS COMPOST



A series of compost bins created from recycled paper and organic materials, offering a streamlined solution to domestic composting, increasing accessibility to it, and bringing to light issues of household food waste.  

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2020



INFINITE-MART



A concept for a large-scale installation which utilizes the power of reflection to create an illusion of unmeasureable abundance, mimicking the overt accessibility that middle and upper class American’s have to food products.    

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2020



EMPATHIES OF CONSUMPTION



A thoughtfully designed bachelor’s thesis book which presents the above two projects, “Concious Compost” and “Infinite-Mart” alongside a body of academic research and photographic documentation.

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2020






COMPOST PORTRAITS



A photography series shot on 35mm film that attempts to capture the subtle beauty of and draw attention to produce waste.

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2020




LITTLE SUN (BY OLAFUR ELIASSON)


An overview of the digital and print graphic design projects completed for Little Sun, a solar energy social business based in Berlin, founded by the artist Olafur Eliasson. Includes presentations, flyers, and webpages.

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2019-2020




EXPLORATIONS IN SLIPCASTING




A variety of sculptural and functional objects made during a six-week intensive exploration of the ceramic technique.

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2020





THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF MY HERITAGE




A set of booklets containing the recipe for Pelmeni, Russian dumplings, while presenting the carbon emissions associated with the traditional meat recipe and a mushroom alternative.

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2019




OF COURSE I MADE A DINING SET 



A pair of chairs and a table intended to act as a space for the culinary education of a child at which they can build memories and maintain the gastronomical heritage of their family.

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2019




DEFINING AMERICAN FOOD CULTURE



a written analysis of how social unjust and environmentally unsustainable food systems in the United States result in culinary culture loss. Discussed through two case studies, corn agriculture and urban food deserts. 


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2019



A PLACE FOR SALT




A small wall cabinet which acts as a storage place for a small bowl of salt. It is meant to highlight the importance of salt in Russian cuisine by giving it a unique place to rest, one which instigates care and ritual.

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2018




PORTRAIT OF YOUR MEAL


A small wall cabinet which acts as a storage place for a small bowl of salt. It is meant to highlight the importance of salt in Russian cuisine by giving it a unique place to rest, one which instigates care and ritual.

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2019




BROWN MARKET SHARES E-COOKBOOK


At the bottom of the green
Waters of death

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2018
 








ODE TO JEFE JAKE


At the bottom of the green
Waters of death

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2018


Updated August 2020