Congratulations on winning Zealous Stories: Illustration! Your project Oasis comments on a world paralysed by modern society. Could you tell us more about the inspiration for this series?
As I have gotten older, I seem to care less about the things that I used to feel strongly towards. I talked this through with my friends and they shared a similar perspective. This got me thinking – everyone has a little version of themselves in their mind, which is strong, positive and happier than us. We can easily ignore that part of ourselves.
During these decades of economic growth, we’ve had an abundance of tools for social interaction and entertaining. Nevertheless, loneliness is more prevalent than ever before. We are all paralysed by our busy lives – time seems to be getting less and less, and we lack the space to think. There is no respite. In this fast-paced era, I prefer to stop, allowing myself enough time to think and grow.