ZOOZOOM ART COLLECTION
As an extreme introvert with a child-like imagination and an obsession with animals, I learned to escape into a world of my own creation where stuffed animals and model horses came alive. This animal obsession began in childhood when I started drawing and riding horses and continued when I studied zoology and veterinary medicine in college. My anthropomorphized animal portraits show animals typing, texting, and taking selfies at their zoom room workspaces. Superficially, these sweet and funny animal portraits seem to be wrapped in a pink and blue sugar coating of childhood innocence, introversion, and shyness. Underneath that protective candy coating, however, an imagination is running wild, using animal adaptations in a message of the importance of species conservation and nonconformity. Thick, unapologetically raw, visceral brushstrokes demonstrate the process of the creation, including the mistakes and layers of thick paint. My love for animals, the aesthetics of Japanese Kawaii culture, and the mystery and satire of Alfred Hitchcock are my main inspirations.