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MeJah Balams

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

MeJah Balams, native of Birmingham, AL the youngest of seven and daughter of artist, has been creating for as long as she can remember. What started off as a study in architecture and interior design grew into a passion for scenic art and design. Balams is currently a senior finishing her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology.

The foundation for my designs for The Foreigner was the idea of pieces coming together to make a whole. The play is set within a cabin, consequently the set needed to be realistic. However, in my set designs, I like to play with elements of the sublime by incorporating deeper-rooted concepts within the structure. In addition to these pieces coming together to make a whole, I also wanted to created balance through depth and height, while maintaining the intimacy of a cabin. Because of the setting, I sought to merge the interior and exterior worlds with actual tree branches bellowing beyond the structure.

The Foreigner, set design, 3D renderings, 18” x 14” and model, 9" x 9” x 18", 2016

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