The title of this print is, "k'aaxada awga", which means "shark" in Haida. I've always been fascinated by sharks – they are beautiful and intimidating at the same time.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, I was thinking about our tendency to fear the things we don't understand. However, if we do take the time to understand these things, fear often transforms into respect. Respect is a much healthier emotion to carry around. Minimizing the fear in our lives allows us to evolve and grow more honestly and freely. If we have respect for the potentially dangerous things in our lives, instead of fear of them, we will be able to experience a richer version of life.
In this design, I used bold form to communicate the impact fear has on our lives. The arrangement of the shark's features is meant to challenge the viewer's ideals of beauty and normalcy, while a focus on visual balance, both in form and colour, is intended to keep the viewer engaged.
If we make a point of looking for beauty in our lives, we will surely find it.