Dayon Royster’s pfashən-uhble naan-sints series uses phonetics to playfully focus on serious topics including accessibility, bias, context, information, research, rules and truth. This second installment touches on those same themes and adds moral superiority, the culpability of society at large, and the pros and cons of individuality. Royster’s prints feature phonetic expressions intended to slow the reader down and ask them to “sit with what they’re reading or interacting with until they fully understand it.” His work is based in research into blind attachment to ideologies, hoax articles and confirmation bias. Royster uses his pieces to pique curiosity in the reader, “not allowing for total comfort or confidence that they’ve gotten to the bottom of it.”
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Dayon Royster is currently dividing his time between the Lawrence Arts Center and teaching printmaking at the University of Iowa. Royster received his BFA in Printmaking from East Carolina University and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. While at ECU, he embarked on his first foray into printmaking with no idea of the path down which it would send him. Printmaking continues to captivate him because of the creative problem-solving that is involved with the process; he returns day after day to try his hand at pulling a successful print. Royster’s current work conjures universal themes of accessibility, curiosity, empowerment, self-doubt, identity, suppression, symbolism, and the “other.”
Dayon Royster is an artist hailing from Richmond, VA. He received his BFA in Printmaking from East Carolina University and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa.
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