Chattanooga, TN | Mixed Media, Printmaking
Aggie Toppins is a professor of graphic design at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Associate Head of the Art Department. After spending years working as a commercial graphic designer, Aggie chose to focus her activities on teaching design, writing, and self-publishing artist editions through The Unofficial Press. Her work has been recognized by the Type Directors Club, Print magazine, and Smith Journal and was recently included in "By the People" at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Aggie received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. She lives in Chattanooga with her husband Jason and their two silly dogs.
I locate my practice in the interstice between graphic design and fine art. By self-publishing zines, books, and printed multiples, I occupy a space of resistance to the commercial mandates on visual communication. I am interested in the negotiability of signs and I seek to engage readers in the play of meaning. Drawing on critical theory and travel, I use my work to investigate the ways that private experiences intersect with public spaces, rituals, and narratives.