Engulf: Ecopoetics of the Gulf and Bay was a collaboration between University of Houston Creative Writing and University of Houston Graphic Design. Through immersion of different experiences such as kayaking and net-casting in the Galveston area, poets and designers perceived their relationships to the Gulf ecosystem of Houston through the lense of four elements: wind, water, earth, and fire. These perceptions manifested in the form of a three part exhibition in December of 2015 that consisted of different sequences of jars, letterpressed broadside posters, and motion graphics videos using footage gathered from our experiences. I worked with two other designers on this project, Candice Cantu and Matt Hughes.
Our element was water. The poster depicts a poem written by the writer about the water’s edge, convergence and nostalgia. The jars depict the process of naturally occurring filtration of water in estuarine ecosystems. The video portrayed parts of Galveston as a beautiful wasteland, and explored an ethereal, dream-like experience of the area, both above and below the water’s surface.