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"A Map for Mourning" – Charis Loke

Charis Loke

"A Map for Mourning" – Charis Loke

$ 240.00
– Personal Narrative, Tales, and Memory–

Light Grey Art Lab 5th year anniversary exhibition

tobeyou is a special exhibition featuring 100 international illustrators, designers, and makers of all types. The exhibition celebrates individuals within the creative community, showcasing the beauty of personal narratives, stories, memory, and diversity. Each artist has created new work that emphasizes their practice, style, personality, and uniqueness through hand-pulled screen prints, framed original paintings, zines, small sculptures, photographs and more. 
tobeyou is on display March 3rd - April 15th, 2017.

You can view the gallery and archive of artwork here.


Charis Loke

A Map for Mourning
An illustrated poem about heartbreak
Edition of 6
Archival print, accordion book format
25"x 7" - 10 pages

About this piece:
An illustrated poem about journeying through grief, based on the journal I kept while going through a recent break-up. Working with Sumi ink for this was a meditative process - it is impossible to control precisely when wet, so learning to accept serendipity and surprises is key. Like fear, shadows in ink appear harsh and black when wet, but dry to a smooth, sooty grey, not quite the stuff of nightmares. Despair and sadness will pass with time, and leave traces that can be shaped into lessons, memory, art.

About this artist:
Charis is an illustrator and educator based in Malaysia. She makes pictures that evoke a sense of wonder and curiosity, believing that art matters, stories matter, and the two can bring people together. Having a multidisciplinary foundation in science, education, and visual communication helps her create work that's informed by different ways of seeing the world. Her work includes editorial illustration, book covers, posters, and live sketches.

Purchasing Limited Edition Prints:
All prints are made per order on archival, premium matte paper with archival inks. Prints will be individually wrapped in a poly bag and shipped in a rigid cardboard tube within one week of your purchase.  For national orders, you can expect your purchased print(s) within 10 days of purchase, while international shipping will vary. **We are a small team and are only able to fill orders on Wednesdays and Fridays. As soon as your package has filled, you will receive an email confirmation and tracking number. There may be short processing period between packaging and shipping. We are not responsible for stolen, damaged, or unclaimed packages.  

Purchasing Originals:
If you purchase an original artwork from the exhibition, it will be carefully packaged and shipped after the closing of the exhibition. You will be notified when your package has shipped. We send all originals with tracking, insurance, and signature confirmation. 

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