I wanted to represent intimacy through the language of bacteria and the germ microbiome. Intimacy operates through many layers of consent, and in some ways, this involves consent between the germs of all parties involved. Bacteria are living organisms that become involved in all intimate actions in invisible ways, but these drawings make them visible through culturing.
The literal microscopic imagery of mitosis, in particular the stage of anaphase, reminded me of the exponential, organic, repeat patterning of overshot weaving. In the process of drafting, these designs become exponentially grown as a repeat, not unlike the multiplicity of cell division. By physically layering two varying visual representations of cell division, this piece draws connection between the microscopic and macroscopic acts of exponential growth that are happening all around us.
Karina Ye, Illustration, 2023 This work illustrates the fantasy and mysterious sences at night that happened in a sureal world.…
Grown Up examines what it means to become an adult without forgetting the magic of childhood.