Please tell me your favorite fashion brands!
Currently I really love Marques Almeida, Ashley Williams, and Jiwinaia.
In this exhibition, you showed both girls and esther bunny’s illustrations. I feel they seem to be changed a bit like growing up with you. What do you think this change?
In a way I’m very isolated as an artist. I didn’t go to art school. I live in LA and I don’t know other illustrators or many fashion people here. As strange as it sounds I didn’t know that I had to push in order to do more things that I want to do. This exhibition was a small step in pushing something more personal and different. My work is cute but I’m interested in something when it is a mix. Maybe it is 90% cool and 10% cute. If it is all cute I get a bit bored so I’m trying to change that perception of me to something more interesting and real to who I am.
As you said in the statement, bunnies are also a portrait of yourself. Bunnies have various of faces, but I saw sad faces a lot. Please tell me the story of bunnies illustrations.
I think all creative people have a bit of a melancholy side. I thought I was just a happy person but I took a personality test and was surprised to find I was melancholy but a friend who was with me said, oh, that’s normal. Creative people are very sensitive. So the bunnies are just more pure emotion: very funny or tired or happy or just staring at their phone.
Also I think it also show a bit more of my shy side. I think I can be very outgoing but I also have a very quiet reserved side that I think my bunnies capture. They are always looking sideways and their mouths are not really open or moving. They are quietly watching the situation, peeking. In some sense
a big part of my identity is being an outsider or foreigner always a bit different so I’m watching the situation. It’s hard for me to have a strong opinion sometimes because I can imagine the situation from many perspectives so I take a long time to process my thoughts…. I think without realizing the bunnies capture that side of me, too.