Diagram of A Silent Garden
All white 3D render of an alarm clock
All white 3D render of an alarm clock
All white 3D render of an alarm clock
All white 3D render of an alarm clock
All white 3D render of an air plane
All white 3D render of an air plane
All white 3D render of an air plane
All white 3D render of an ATM
All white 3D render of an ATM
All white 3D render of an ATM
All white 3D render of an ATM
All white 3D render of high heels
All white 3D render of high heels
All white 3D render of high heels
All white 3D render of a mailbox
All white 3D render of a mailbox
All white 3D render of a mailbox
All white 3D render of a piggy bank
All white 3D render of a piggy bank
All white 3D render of a piggy bank
All white 3D render of a traffic light
All white 3D render of a traffic light
All white 3D render of a traffic light
All white 3D render of a traffic light

Diagram of a Silent Garden is an open call for a group show, using the title for a prompt and general invitation. Intended to reflect a range of practice in flux during Covid-19, we hoped to create a space to reconsider making work in our new condition. As our participant pool expanded the project naturally shifted from print to online form. We are proud to publish these pieces and thankful to those who took the time to let this site become a wide index of their practices. In the spirit of this ongoing conversation, we will continue to be open to new submissions.

Core Team: Brian Sing, Jared Fellows; 3D Identity with Ted Youjong Kim; Design by Brian Sing & Jake Brussel Faria; Developed by Jake Brussel Faria. Submit to DSG II here.

sleep­ing ru­ined me

Hazmin Valdes

Image of a person in a tub watching a phone in VR

I made this piece for my stu­dio fi­nal fresh­man year. The idea was to re-cre­ate a fa­ble and ap­ply it to con­tem­po­rary times. I chose sleep­ing beauty be­cause I’m amused by the irony of be­ing con­nected through tech­nol­ogy yet we of­ten find our­selves re­moved from re­al­ity.

I re­mem­ber count­less hours scrolling, stum­bling through im­ages of war abroad feel­ing some­thing-anger, guilt, help­less­ness, and pain-and in the same feed 10 sec­onds later fall back into the stream of empti­ness, memes, and toxic self val­i­da­tion.

I wanted to im­age that con­tra­dic­tion. There are news­pa­pers and a mag­a­zine with war im­ages by a bath­tub filled with likes and fol­low­ers, while I numbly scroll through the iPhone with a VR head­set.


Hazmin Valdes is a prac­tic­ing im­age maker based out of Brooklyn, Loren Ipsum.