A piece done for an event organized by the Illustration Committee
These pieces were made in response to political happenings in the US. In my personal art, I approach these subjects with my own political values and beliefs.
Stop the bus
This piece was made in response to an ad campaign that was directed to invalidate the trans community and non-binary gender expression. The bus, hash tagged the #freespeechbus repeated the reductive idea that gender is contingent on your biological sex which they claim is a hard binary. This message fails to account for intersex people and those who don't identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.
No Muslim Ban
This piece was made in response to Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven majority Muslim countries. As the child of immigrants, I wanted to create an illustration that was welcoming and positive despite the hateful intentions of the executive order. I also wanted to avoid creating smear art of Donald. As much as he deserves critique, I felt his negativitity needed an uplifting counter point.
These three illustrations were created for the Kanto Exhibition, a tribute show for the first generation of pokemon. All 151 contributed pieces will be cateloged on a large poster hung at the event. I used this show as an opportunity to play with Nintendo’s intellectual property by reimagining my favorite pokemon in my own personal voice.
Ronald McDonald House Bears
A set of prints made for the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City, a place for families to stay as their children under go treatment at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The pieces had to incorporate color palettes provided by the Ronald Mcdonald House Charities so that the work was designed to match the existing interior design. I chose to make whimsical illustrations of intimate moments between parent and child.
A story about art and fear
Sample illustrations pulled from a presentation I gave about how to cope with the fear of making art. As someone who is also afraid of public speaking I wrote a story to read during my presentation to take the pressure off. As a result the piece reads much like a story book.
Growth Field Collaboration
This illustration was published in Kansas City’s The Pitch. The article discussed the challenges a new garden grower might face as well as offered solutions. The illustration was made to match the somewhat irreverent and humorous tone of the article. I collaborated with then art director Allyson Peck, who set the type, to create the framing element of the illustration. Each spot illustration relates to a point made in the article.
Claire Kids' Book
Spreads from a children’s book I wrote, designed and illustrated telling my personal journey of body image and acceptance. To avoid directly injecting myself as a character into the book I used a bear’s hibernation cycle as the vessal to communicate these themes. The work heavily incorporates watercolor and digital processes.
Grow Home Mural
A mural proposal for Lead Bank's Grow Home initiative to highlight the human element of local business and promote their growth. To that end Lead Bank published a website that humanizes economic activity to show how it builds community. Me and my collaborator used food small business as a symbol for its ability to bring communities together and is integral to Kansas City's identity and vibrant food scene. Mural was to be 30' x 30'. My partner and I collaborated on both the concept and composition. I was responsible for food illustration and texture application.