Each year 3x3 Magazine assembles an international panel of judges to select the best professional illustration from around the world. I entered a series of three pieces, loosely grouped under a theme of “Complicated Portraits”, and whaddya know, they got in.
These images were made in response to the year I was having. In January of 2018 I was hospitalized for two weeks with acute pneumonia. I circled the drain a few times, lost thirty pounds, and was sequestered away from my kids for the duration.
Two weeks after arriving home, I made “Self Care”, which begins to pick up the pieces of my physical and mental health. Art is its own self care, and with some mandatory down time I made more personal pieces, including “Voyager”, a homage to my daughter’s indefatigable happiness (and love for Moana).
As the year moved on and I returned to relative good health, I made “Complicated Portrait”, which is a reaction to continued assaults on the rights of pretty much everyone who does not look like me. I kind of want to turn this into a more in-depth series of larger pieces—perhaps that’s a good place to leave it for now.
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