Storytelling: Interactive Digital Scrolls
On their surface, Scrolls are a series of short sentences or paragraphs I have written to tell a complete story on a computer or tablet screen. You can click and scroll with a mouse or interact with a touch screen to reveal more text, which can change the meaning of the story at the Scroll’s surface entirely.
When I emerged from the religious cult of my childhood and young adulthood, I had to sift, dig, search, and obsess to uncover the truth as if gradually unrolling an ancient scroll. The interactive Scrolls are a proxy for that first-hand experience as I connect the atrocities of America's past to present-day issues using vignettes of my isolation, Eurocentric indoctrination, and naive exploration of the outside world after my escape.
In this contemporary storytelling medium I use both my photography and my digital photo compositions to illustrate the pages, as well as other graphic art created expressly for the Scroll. Scrolls are both a deconstruction and an expansion of my printmaking work, contextualizing many of the same component images and concepts.
Each work sample is a short video showing how someone might interact with the Scroll, and each includes a link to the interactive artwork.