Author(s): Kyung Me
This adult picture book is comprised of Intricate, surreal graphite illustrations that tell the tale of obsessive love and longing and the maddening self-inflicted contortions of identity endured to fit perceived expectations and norms. The format presents each illustration alternating with a blank page. Filled with Korean cultural references, Looney Tunes and 50s references, Copy Kitty is a based on a series of illustrations Me exhibited at galleries in NY with strong critical acclaim. Copy Kitty explores themes of identity, belonging and love through a cat who painfully and continually reinvents itself in pursuit of adoration and an an elusive ideal. Autobiographically driven, the narrative strikes a chord through common experiences conveyed authentically, with sharp perspective and deep reflection on the self-destructive consequences of perceived ideals and sublimation of identity.