artwork by joy gloria liu

Isolation, longing and internal tension are reflected in the characters drifting in my artwork. They fly as if groundless and float in water, dreaming perhaps of crossing the Pacific Ocean back to ancestral homes. In illustrating these hybrid realities, I fold in gouache, ink, pastel and multiple-perspectives with the expressionistic quality of children’s reveries. Lines weave in and out of my work, as an illustrative element and as a metaphor for tangled lineage and connection. These vignettes serve to honor the inner worlds of my characters that travel back and forth in that liminal space, in search of new words to answer old questions.

Part therapy, part dream journal — my drawings aim to explore and embrace the distances, barriers, and bridges in-between.



Commercial illustration and design work here.