Using Nostalgia to Recreate Artistic Representations of the Past

The Keep an Open Mind Showcase is the latest exhibit in the Leatherby Libraries. The exhibit was created by Chapman University student Nick Burke ‘ 26, a 19-year-old artist majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in English Literature. Although early in his career as a graphic designer, Burke has already proven himself as an artist. Penning his first children’s book, “To Plant A Seed,” at eighteen, Burke has continued to create vibrant art using his illustrative skills. He is eager to sharpen his talents in graphic design as he continues his promising career in the arts.

Nick Burke with Dean Kevin Ross of the Leatherby Libraries

Burke was initially inspired to create Keep an Open Mind as a children’s book that would act as an anniversary present for his girlfriend. However, throughout its year-long development, the project quickly spiraled into a full-scale graphic design exhibit inspired by artistic designs from Burke’s childhood.

Burke recreated cherished memories through an experimental process, creating parody advertisements, posters, children’s books, and more using music, texture, and color as inspiration.

“These art pieces invite viewers to rediscover past memories to experience childlike joy stemming from self-expression through design.”¬† Nick Burke ‘ 26

Burke hopes his display will encourage others to allow nostalgic experiences to spark their creativity.

The exhibit will remain on display through November 6, 2023, on the first floor of the Leatherby Libraries.