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Copy Kitty
By (author): Kyung Me
9781937541491 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Contemporary Women Jan 17, 2020
$29.50 CAD
Forthcoming 12 x 8 x 0 in 56 pages Illustrated throughout 2dcloud
This adult picture book is comprised of Intricate, surreal graphite illustrations that tell the tale of obsessive love and longing and the maddening self-inflicted contortions of identity endured to fit perceived expectations and norms. The format presents each illustration alternating with a blank page. Filled with Korean cultural references, Looney Tunes and 50s references, Copy Kitty is a based on a series of illustrations Me exhibited at galleries in NY with strong critical acclaim.Copy Kitty explores themes of identity, belonging and love through a cat who painfully and continually reinvents itself in pursuit of adoration and an an elusive ideal. Autobiographically driven, the narrative strikes a chord through common experiences conveyed authentically, with sharp perspective and deep reflection on the self-destructive consequences of perceived ideals and sublimation of identity.

Kyung Me is an artist and illustrator living in New York. She holds an MFA in painting from Yale School of Art and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in NY and area galleries over the last few years. She is best known for her series of illustrations and debut graphic novel, Bad Korean, critically acclaimed by Vice, Huffington Post and Hyperallergic. Me has evolved her style and has come to be known for her intricate graphite illustrations, filled with cultural references, and for her poignant, autobiographically-based narratives encompassing themes of identity, acceptance, belonging and love. In 2018, work from Copy Kitty was featured in Artspace, having been selected on the favorites list from the the New York NADA preview by prominent collectors Susan and Michael Hort.

Reviews of Copy Kitty: --"Each drawing in this series took 20 hours, and is full of references to Korean art, Looney Tunes, and 1950s illustrations. While it’s a surreal tale, the universally relatable themes of identity and acceptance allow the viewer to easily digest Kyung Me’s elaborately detailed, black and white drawings, and the ideas present sit close to home." -- Rebecca Fulleylove, It's Nice That, 2017 Reviews of Bad Korean: "Kyung Me’s drawings, rendered in colored pencil and pastel on paper, show flattened visions of everyday life in New York â?? images of being optimistic and confused and gross and lonely and lost and hungry and in love. The series, despite what the title may suggest, is meant to appeal to a far broader audience than Korean women â?? anyone who’s ever felt out of place, out of whack or out of control will feel for Kyung Me’s alter ego. Kyung Me’s drawings, rendered in colored pencil and pastel on paper, show flattened visions ofeveryday life in New York â?? images of being optimistic and confused and gross and lonely and lost and hungry and in love. The series, despite what the title may suggest, is meant to appeal to a far broader audience than Korean women â?? anyone who’s ever felt out of place, out of whack or out of control will feel for Kyung Me’s alter ego." -- Priscilla Frank, The Huffington Post, 2016 --"Korean artist Kyung Me turns to frustration and dramatics in her depiction of day-to-day life, deftly hinting at deeper themes behind her artwork of meme-ish, decidedly pissed-off faces. The East Coast artist will hold her first solo show in New York this fall, in which she’ll present a wide range of personal pencil and marker drawings contained in BAD KOREAN, a narrative-based picture book." -- Diana Shi, VICE, 2016 -- "In the age of social media, most have at least dabbled in public self-documentation of their personal lives, though few dare to be as openly unflattering — and deeplyrevealing — as Kyung Me. Her current solo exhibition at MILLER on the Lower East Side presents a selection of drawings from her daily journal, a loosely chronological narrative of one second-generation Korean American woman’s experience of navigating life in New York. Interwoven with moments of dry humor, Kyung Me’s adventures include iffy relationships and internal conflicts that produce all-too-relatable feelings of malaise, alienation, and self-loathing." -- Danielle Wu, Hyperallergic,2016

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