Super sorry for being so slow with messages lately! I’ve been online in drips and drabs and this week has been mega. I’ll get onto replies later today!
Don’t listen to anybody
Don’t try to do what’s already out there because 1) people are already better at it and 2) only do it if you have something new to bring to the table
Don’t do anything that doesn’t make you happy
Draw what you want to see
Fuck the man (and take pleasure from it)
Heyooo! I’m doing the inside cover work plus an exclusive interview for Sydney-based magazine Curium’s next issue! I’m super excited to be able to do a full spread design, with a theme of spaces, faces and places.
Some of the covers I’ve been doing for the very fabulous Riton!
I completely forgot that I didn’t post all of these together! This is my project from last year, which I displayed as a series of paste-ups on a 7 metre long wall/board.
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Dreams is an exploration in nostalgia and childhood, with a heavy emphasis on re-contextualising familiar imagery and pushing it back out the way I wanted to see it. The posters feature stylised photography of my own; the places could be anywhere U.S.A - highlighting how Americanised Australian culture is - but are in fact locations where I grew up and hold strong memories for me. Whether these images are important because of their ties to America or in spite of is something I myself have pondered.
The characters I have used operate on various levels - on the one hand, they are graphic representations of important figures to me, people who have become almost friends to someone who spent a great deal of their childhood on their own. On the other, I have purposely designed them to subvert gender roles. I grow tired of seeing sexualised women on posters, on merchandise and in films, and yet the time period I cling to - the 80’s and early 90’s - began to offer a new style of women, ones who were spunky, unique and didn’t have to get the guy in the end. My posters may not offer much in the way of potential plots on the surface, but all have story lines with strong women and men who belay the cookie-cutter-macho character.
Despite this, there is a facelessness to each poster. The photography recalls no particular location, the titles no specific plot nor movie. Often we recall things in shapes, colours, moods and more so in relation to things from our childhood. They become a blur of emotions and feelings, of happiness and elation that can’t be recreated as hard as we try. This to me is the power of nostalgia - the power of pop culture.
Recreating what I do digitally in copics…actually super fun and I had no idea I could do this! Hooray for learning new things!
Thank you kindly!