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Illustration

Ke Sun

Ke Sun is an illustrator and visual designer whose experimental works include watercolor, acrylic, digital paintings, 3D animation, and video installations.

She draws on personal, collective, and cultural memory and experiences, and applies a multidisciplinary visual language to communicate and expose core themes of nostalgia and the search for spiritual and cultural renewal amid the contradictions of modernity - most specifically, the pandemic reality.

Degree Details

School of Communication

Illustration



Lost and gone were the past scenes

Like a white pony’s shadow across a ravine

Only in dreams can I still remember

What I’ve been yearning for and seeking

 

Someone asked

You are lonely, aren’t you?

No reply did I give, except that I do miss my home

The beaches and the trails in the parks

The scent of grass in the small courtyard--

It is everything in nature that I dearly miss

 

Digital images keep absorbing my soul

Plunging me into nothingness

Which I use all my might to resist--

I could only accept them as a dream

 

Here I want to find a habitat for my soul

Figuring out what has been missed

And what I have been yearning for

 

Returning to the most natural state

And waking up from the dream

Let nostalgia lead me to the future

Where I will find my belonging

The forgotten

And most primitive

Home

Nostalgia Echo — Looking for a spiritual addressee.
Nostalgia Echo
Nostalgia Echo — Where is the home we are looking for? What is our spiritual longing?
3D Modeling — Whose nostalgia was it?

'To be homesick and to be sick of being at home-occasionally at the same time.'(Glenn Albrecht, 2005) It sounds contradictory, but it is also the present that we are experiencing. Where is the home we are looking for? What is our spiritual longing? With the pandemic, our lives have changed dramatically. Digital virtual spaces have taken over our social life. Will contemporary nostalgia be affected by technology, and what kind of nostalgia will it present?

‘Nostalgia Echo’ focuses on this personal and collective yearning in the creation of anxious scenes of both nostalgia and imagination. My audio-visual experiments aim to open up a vision of a past that haunts and informs a present reality where analogue and digital, physical and psychological, combine in acts of repair and reimagining.



Medium:

Digital, 3D dimension

Size:

3 minutes 51 seconds

‘Lost Landscapes’ aims to reveal two different kinds of perception. It is a real soundscape, with natural bird calls and old-fashioned clocks provoking psychological nostalgia. It is also a digital landscape illustration using virtual nature to allude to a sense of distance and loss. The collision of the two is a form of meditative, re-experiencing of time.

Medium:

Animation, Digital painting

Size:

1 minutes 21 seconds
Fuzzy dream I
Fuzzy dream II
Your Memory I
Your Memory II

With great social uncertainty and prolonged lockdown, social media saw an unprecedented amount of nostalgia as people reminisced about the 'good old days' before the ‘new normal.’ A plethora of old photographs and digital memories became a mass of virtual fragments of the past, and remembered natural landscapes became a spiritual, pixelated bridge back to a home that perhaps never existed.

Medium:

Digital Painting, Bead Embroidery Textiles

Size:

15 x 24cm

Phone images are spontaneous, subconscious, discarded ephemera. We take photos of things we like, things we value, and collect. We keep them for reference, for memory, for later. But as time passes, these photos are abandoned and forgotten by us.

Therefore, I break up the phone photo form into pieces, disrupting and reorganizing them to form an image that resembles a computer code. This image is an allusion to a contemporary mode of recording time. With smartphones, social media, permanent storage of information, and easy access to the past for modern people, metadata becomes a memory and a path to our nostalgia.



Medium:

Digital Picture

Size:

1 minutes 9 seconds