Copy Kitty

56 pages
11 × 8 inches
black & white offset
smyth-sewn hardcover

  • Adult picture book 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.

    "Each drawing in this series took twenty hours, and is full of references to Korean art, Looney Tunes, and 1950s illustrations. While it’s a surreal tale, the universally relatable themes of identity and acceptance allow the viewer to easily digest Kyung-Me’s elaborately detailed, black and white drawings, and the ideas present sit close to home." — Rebecca Fulleylove, editor at Google Arts & Culture

    Copy Kitty explores themes of identity, belonging and love through a cat who painfully and continually reinvents itself in pursuit of adoration and 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.

    The format of the book presents each of the highly detailed illustrations alternating with a blank page. Copy Kitty is a based on a series of illustrations Kyung-Me exhibited at galleries in NY, met with strong critical acclaim. In 2018, work from Copy Kitty was featured in Artspace, having been selected on the favorites list from the New York NADA preview by prominent art collectors Susan and Michael Hort.

    Kyung-Me is an artist and illustrator living in New York. She holds an MFA in painting from the Yale School of Art and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York galleries and beyond. She is best known for her series of illustrations and debut graphic novel, Bad Korean, critically acclaimed by Vice, Huffington Post, and Hyperallergic.