MONSTER FINE ART + ILLUSTRATION
Growing up, I was an anxious child with an unruly imagination. Today, my work draws on the vivid nature of childhood and is characterized by a mix of playful chaos and meditative precision. My pieces often feature a core group of monstrous characters, many of whom originated from the drawings I did when I was young. These fickle personalities are both the cute “imaginary friend” and the creepy “thing under the bed.” With perpetual re-working and re-iterating, my monsters undergo endless mutations. The forms and personalities of my childhood monsters evolve with each generational manifestation, but the essence of the original character remains. I’ve come to realize that their sprawling evolutionary tree has given me a humorous way to explore complex emotions, growing pains, transformation, and the existence of a constant self.
Crystal Bananas | firstname.lastname@example.org | ©2021