My zines range from emotional struggles to abstract artistic expressions. Often layered with photographic images and various illustrations, they vary in style and tone. Though the stories inside are based on personal experiences, I try to frame them in a way that others will relate to. Though not all of them start out as happy, the zines explore pathways to resolutions.
I started making zines this last year after being inspired by zinefests in Claremont and LA. I was especially interested in using collage for the first time in a way that felt instinctive. It's a lot more fun for me to express my feelings through images than words, and letting my thoughts out in small bursts of images feeds my need for both emotional and creative release.
My favorite part of zine making is connecting to others. It's awesome to know that art I made for personal reasons can also be picked up by others and lead to them feeling understood. On another note, the act of creating the zines actually helps me to understand myself better.
The validation that comes from publishing and distributing your own work is incredible, and zines are a perfect medium to share ideas. Unlike many other artistic endeavors, zines create a bridge between all kinds of different artists without relying on prestige, background, and connections. People can be free to make whatever they want when they can publish it themselves.