UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
Jonai Gibson-Selix is a senior graphic design student at the University of the Arts. Surrounded by the thriving arts of Philadelphia PA all her life, she tried her hand in almost every medium until she crossed paths with design. She has since worked at the intersections of design and culture, identity, and justice, challenging boundaries through her process and creating fresh and provocative editorial, digital, and environmental solutions. When not designing, Jonai can be found documenting her world with her camera, spending time with her chosen family, and traveling.
IF THERE WERE NO BARRIERS AND CONSTRAINTS, WHAT PROJECT WOULD YOU WANT TO WORK ON?
Lately, I have taken interest in my family tree, specifically the lineage of women on my maternal side. I have been pondering the fact that, despite how close I am to these women, I know nothing of their dreams, passions, or creative pursuits. I would love to explore their stories and translate them across various forms of media — creative writing, photography, film — to be presented to a larger audience.
WHAT ARE YOU READING/LISTENING TO/WATCHING?
Reading: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Listening to: It’s Okay by Lion Babe, OSHUN, Lakim. I always spin Lion Babe when I need to dance. Watching: Insecure by the FABULOUS Issa Rae. I’m also binging Sex and the City for the first time.
IF YOU WERE GOING TO WRITE A BOOK, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
I would write a memoir that compiles all the things I imagine my ancestors and guardian angels would say in response to my life choices and experiences. A little humor, a little grief, and everything in between.