“The Person You (Don’t) Want To Be”, an anti-personality book drawn from workplace encounters.
The project began with a long list of “personalities” built over numerous meetings and encounters. I then asked friends to pick a “personality” from a list and record themselves “performing” the role. They sent me their videos and I then drew anywhere from 8-12 frames to make short animations. It contains two parts.
- An open edition personality swatch book with companion augmented reality (AR) app, through which 21 short animations can be accessed.
- A limited-edition hand-assembled waterfall card set.
It premiered at Art on Paper, as part of “Vellum Projects at Vellum Magazine” Pier 36, New York NY, March 2020.
Exhibitions & Fairs
2021 Solo Exhibition – The Body & Story Northwest Arts Center, Minot State University, Minot, ND
2020 Toronto Art Fair, “Vellum Projects at Vellum Magazine” (Virtual Fair)
2020 Art on Paper, “Vellum Projects at Vellum Magazine” New York, NY
The Person You (Don’t) Want To Be Swatch Book & Companion AR APP
The Person You (Don’t) Want To Be Swatch Book comes with a free companion augmented reality app, available for both iOS and Android, which allows owners of the book to access the twenty-one animations. (A collaboration with Rui Pereira)
The App is available at
- Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.MarianneR.Petit.PersonYouDontWantToBe
- App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/person-you-dont-want-to-be/id1500287968
- Purchase the Swatch Book at my Etsy Shop
Download and test the App before purchasing the Swatch Book:
The Person You (Don’t) Want To Be Limited Edition Waterfall Card Set
The Person You (Don’t) Want To Be Limited Edition Waterfall Card Set comes with 21 hand-assembled cards, digitally printed with archival ink on Moab paper. It is an edition of 20. It also comes with an open-edition Swatch Book (with companion augmented reality app, available for both iOS and Android, which allows owners of the book to access the twenty-one animations.)
The personalities include: The Bully, The Silent (but Uncomfortable) Bystander, The Complainer, The Affable and Obliviously Privileged, The Silent (and Delighted) Bystander, The Inert with Self-Interest, The Compromised Coward, The Shallow Prophet, The Center of Gossip, The Constant Schemer, The Opportunist, The Self-Aggrandizing Narcissist, The Intentionally Marginalized, The Insufferable Bore, The Shamer, The Overworked And Unaccredited, The Explainer, The Smartest Guy in the Room, The Hypocrite, The Palpably Ambitious, The Unacknowledged Pioneer
Many thanks to the amazing performers: Adelle, Blair, Caleb, Cecilia, Eliot, Elizabeth, Matt, Mickey, Mitch, Na’Imah, Jed, Jonathan, Joyce, Sally, Sandra, Sarah, Steve, Tanya, and Yvany.