Supplementary Materials for Organic Chemistry


2010
Book, Crayon on inkjet print, 7.875" x 10.5"
Fred A. Hillbruner Artists Book Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2012.
Exhibited in Start Sharp. Chicago, 2011.
Selected in Output Award 14, 2011.
Adobe Design Achievement Awards Semifinalist, 2011.

This book narrates a true story of a grandfather named Pat. Pat is in his mid-70s, but his mental age is equivalent to a 5 year old due to the developmental disorder. Pat also has OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder); coloring is his favorite activity, and he colors over and over until the original drawing is not recognizable. These characteristics of Pat build an interesting relationship between Pat and his best friend Pooh, a stuffed doll.

This book is a hybridized form produced by intersecting micro and macro-discourses. It illustrates an episode between Pat and Pooh through the knowledge domain of organic chemistry. It constructs a coherent analogy with a narrowed concept, isomer. Isomers are two compounds that look different or have different properties but have the same chemical formulas. Through the concept of isomers, it is implied that although Pat may look different or have different characteristics than us, Pat and we are composed of the same elements. Although Pooh may be just a stuffed doll to us, Pat and Pooh are composed of the same elements.