Kit Min (KM): Beneath the Abyss is a part of a larger series titled The Stranger in My Skin. Inspired by the craft of scrimshaw and the 1978 novel, Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne, I likened the whole act of looking inwards, to the journey to the depths of the Earth. Both metaphorically and visually, I wanted to create a “flow” that wove its way down, therefore the scroll-like format.
It starts with the surface, a ship wavering above that moves from island to island. We never settle in a place for long enough, always searching for new things to discover. Kit Min
Somewhere so far and deep, a place only accessible when we are truly in solitude.
// Hand Drawn
- KM: Everything was hand drawn on a 300gsm cold pressed watercolor paper, with a 0.38 Pentel writing pen (for the line work), a Pentel ink brush pen (for the larger areas of black ink) and white paint. Spattering paint made most of the white dots but I used a white pen to refine and add consistency to specific areas. Conceptualization took around a month back and forth with feedback and critique from my lecturers, and reworking the idea, research and sketches. But the act of drawing and painting them took me around a full two weeks of work. They’re 29.7 x 42cm per piece and when put together, a staggering 118.8 x 42cm.
See more of Kit Min’s works at kitminkam.com or read on for some facts about her!
Kam Kit Min
23 // Gemini
Design // “We must be swift as a coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon.
With all the strength of a raging fire, mysterious as the dark side of the moon.” -Mulan
Apart from that, to create with purpose from the heart and challenge yourself constantly.
Fact // I love narratives, doodling and making little .gifs out of my work. Making the effort to create something everyday, even if it’s a tiny doodle, gets me out of bed in the morning and usually only to sleep at 4am because I probably couldn’t stop drawing till I was done with it.
Well I’ll probably die early. It’s a career hazard.
Message // Surround yourself with people who support your creative ventures and of course, just have fun!