You Don’t Know Me

You Don’t Know Me

by Erik Loyer

Made with Stepworks

Surprise was a common feeling in the United States after the 2016 presidential election — not just at the result of the votes, but at the views implied by those votes. 

Over the months and years that followed, many people found themselves reevaluating, and sometimes severing, longtime relationships in light of the rapid increase of political polarization in the country. I created this piece not long after the election, using random combinations of statements expressing attitude, proximity, and identity to capture the feeling of the moment.

Screenshot from Heavy Sleepers

Heavy Sleepers

A young woman volunteers for an experimental sleep disorder treatment, only to lose her grasp on reality.

Screenshot from Two Hours With You

Two Hours With You

A story about a depressed and anxious mind, told in multiple voices.

Screenshot from The Ring-Bearer

The Ring-Bearer

A meditation on the “circles and circles, and circles” of exclusivity in Black life, inspired by Alice Randall’s book Black Bottom Saints.