Done in 2016, the Piped tryptic remains one of my favorite series of illustrations. I’ve always had a complex relationship with my depressive mind, and that often comes out in certain series of illustrations. I’ve done various iterations on this theme, but these three are probably the rawest.
These two always feel like something of a diptych to me. Themes of loneliness, isolation, despair and perseverance always seem to crop up in my illustrations. It’s not even intentional at times. These two figures feel like archetypes to me, both holding a place of power in the cosmos but extremely lonely in their solitude.
I’ve done a lot of illustrations using my hands as a tool. I did a lot of experimenting with wet paper, sumi ink on my hands, and then illustrating along the patterns the dried ink gave me. These are three of my favorites in the Hand Structures series I did, illustrating buildings and some boats in the handprints. Of course, nearly all the work I do, I do with my hands in one way or another, and the idea of dwelling within my hands was on my mind while doing these.
They can be found here: