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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EMPATHIES OF CONSUMPTION






This digital book is the culminating project of my four years at the Rhode Island School of Design. It displays not only the physical and technical skills that I have developed in the classroom, but also the ways in which I have grown as a conscious creative thinker. The book contains summaries and fragments of my projects and writings dated between September 2019 and May 2020. However, the core of my motivations arose from an extensive academic research project I conducted with Professor Andrew Robarts in the Autumn of 2019 entitled, “Defining American Food Culture: an analysis of how socially unjust and environmentally unsustainable food systems in the United States result in culinary culture loss.”

From the discoveries that I made about urban and rural food deserts in the US, I began to develop the concept for Infinite-Mart. However, due to the circumstances of the Spring of 2020 the project was cut short and during the following months, in COVID-19 lockdown, I brought to fruition a second project, Conscious Compost. Meanwhile, I worked on an adjacent film photography project, Compost Portraits, the result of which is sprinkled throughout this book. I believe that this book is the best culmination, thus far, of my personal design process and methodology, one heavily rooted in academic research and response.


SELECT SPREADS


Pages 22-23



Pages 8-9



COVER MOCK UP




The cover in composed of a grocery store receipt overlaying the chosen blue color.