Pono Skousen

Book of Mormon Case

Class of: 2025

Major: Fashion Design BFA

Medium: Wooden Sculpture Case

Faculty: Aviva Maya Shulem

Prompt: In this project, students developed a 3D object to demonstrate their connection to the community they identify with, their belief, or their personality. The item could be a sculpture or a functional object/tool. Projects were to only be made out of flat materials, such as wood, paper, or acrylic.

My faith is a big part of my personal life as well as my creativity and inspiration as an artist. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. In my community, the Book of Mormon is a sacred text that testifies of Christ. I have noticed that members of my community, at times, feel ashamed and embarrassed to carry their scriptures in public because they fear being ostracized or stereotyped. I designed a Book of Mormon case that does not hide the scriptures, but instead, draws attention to the sacred text. By bringing the scriptures to light, we can move toward dispelling any rumors or falsehood about them. The case showcases the concepts and message of the Book of Mormon. I hope to re-invision what it means to be Christian in 2022 through my work here at Parsons.