Yuoning Chien Spreading Joy with the Humorously Absurd

Thick lines and absurdist themes are defining qualities in Yuoning Chien’s work. But she truly shines in the silliness, which is there to spread a little joy in uncertain times.

In her illustrations, eyeballs can be seen everywhere, populating the surreal snippets of worlds Yuoning creates—and why not?

Their blank, almost curious stares inject an immediate sense of fun in her work.

It’s something that works perfectly in contrast to the clean, almost serious style of clean lines and bold colour.

Yuoning talks to us about why she feels the need to have fun with her work, and why she thinks fun is needed.

“I ‘m a freelance illustrator and graphic designer.”

“Most of my works are based on my day-to-day life. I like to use basic shapes to create my works.”

“I donʼt sketch that much, probably never. I know it sounds weird but I guess I just follow my mind.”

“‘Spontaneous’ will be the most important keyword in my whole life and of course my work because you canʼt guarantee anything in your life so I like to do it when I can do it.”

“I like to make people happy, although life is not easy so I try to transform sadness and anger into humor.”

“I create digital art most of the time. I like the perfect outline but the composition of my works are all over the place. I especially like to put eyes in my works, I want the viewers to feel that they are more relatable.”

All images © Yuoning Chien

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