Diya Dhiman

Come Back to Earth (pls)

Class of: 2027

Major: Communication Design BFA

Medium: Zine

Faculty: Aaron Krach

Prompt: Our task was to create a 12-page zine, showing a transformation story, and then produce 20 copies of it.

I decided to explore the theme of addiction. Having witnessed the struggles of individuals battling various forms of addiction and recognizing the impact on both the individual and those around them, I aimed for a universally relatable approach. he goal was to create a narrative that could apply to any type of addiction, whether it be substance abuse, overindulgence in food, dependence on technology, or even an unhealthy relationship with a person. The key challenge lay in finding an object that symbolized addiction. I settled on ramen, a universally comforting food. Addiction often begins with a sense of comfort and solace, much like the warmth of a familiar meal. However, as it deepens, the comforting noodles metaphorically transform into consuming worms, gradually hollowing out the individual and leaving only a shadow of their former self.