Behind LOSTBOY ILLUSTRATIONS is Fin Lee, a queer Korean American artist, illustrator, maker, and a proud Aquarius. They create abstract visceral formations, patterns, textiles, and affirmations with themes that surround their identity. Most recently, they completed a year long project posted on Instagram every day on 2015. View this work through the hashtag #365yokoonoillustratedtweets and @lostboyillustrations.
LOSTBOY ILLUSTRATIONS is one of the artists in the Journey-scapes art exhibition at the Gene Siskel in conjunction with the FAAIM 21st Annual Asian American Showcase April 1st through 14th, 2016. We asked them a few questions about their work and artistic journey!
What/Who inspires you?
LOSTBOY ILLUSTRATIONS: I'm continually inspired by the strong community of queer & POC folks. I think it is essential that more and more people speak out about their differences to create more visibility of often times marginalized communities. I am inspired by outspoken women who refuse to stay silent. I am inspired by people who continue to wake up every morning when they are paralyzed with mental illnesses. I am inspired by those who never give up and use their creativity as an outlet.
What are you working on right now?
LOSTBOY ILLUSTRATIONS: The pieces I am working on for the show is a direct translation and interpretation of my mother's immigration story to the states in 1974 from South Korea. I am honored and thrilled to be illustrating her own words and feel truly proud of her strength and courage to write her own narrative.
How would you describe your artistic journey?
LOSTBOY ILLUSTRATIONS: That's exactly what it is... a journey. I've always created art and illustrations but for about 3 years I stopped. I'm so glad I picked up my pen again. I have recently started to make more consistent work and even got the opportunity to draw on Lady Gaga's dancer's costumes at the Grammys this year. My work has elevated itself from beyond the paper and I'm excited to see how my visceral line work continues to change using different canvases (ie: set designs, costumes, murals, etc).