Existence Stories Project

Five artist books with intaglio and aquatint covers are sitting on a wooden display shelf. There are pens positioned between the books. The shelf is sitting on a long table which is draped with a white tablecloth. Two green and brown folding chairs are positioned in front of the table.

Existence Stories is an interactive activist art project that gathers and amplifies personal narratives from people about the ways in which their lives have been impacted by the current political climate in the United States, particularly surrounding the 2016 Presidential election and its aftermath. For more information, you can read the associated thesis paper here.

To participate in the Existence Stories project, contact me at existencestories@gmail.com or via the project tumblr.




Existence Stories comics are adapted from videos recorded by participants. These participants share anecdotes about their lives post-2016 US Presidential election for the camera. Each comic's format is tailored to the story being shared.

Transcripts for Existence Stories comics:

Althea, 2017: Nightmare

Lijia, 2018: The Day of the Election

Anonymous, 2019: Accepting That Fear as Normal (image credits)

"Diane," 2017: Grandmother

Coe, 2018: Moonville

"Diane," 2017: Thirty Percent