LILY SEIKA JONES : HIDDEN
Lily Seika Jones is a full-time artist/illustrator currently working out of Vancouver, Canada. She spends the majority of her time drinking tea indoors while creating highly detailed, whimsical watercolor and ink paintings, taking inspiration from her favourite childhood stories and mid-century illustrators, as well as the natural world of the Pacific Northwest. Lily is interested in how myths and fairytales shape our childhood and the world around us, and sees her art-making as an exploration of the significance of these stories as we grow up.
I love stumbling upon things that seem meant to remain hidden. When I was young I saved a small vole from my cats and released it back into nature - and I like to think he went on to have many more little adventures. There’s something really... encouraging in seeing these small, seemingly defenceless characters venturing out into a world bigger than they realize, which is why I find myself always drawn back to illustrating them. I think you can find all sorts of hidden stories in the smallest spaces. The pieces in this show are my attempts to illustrate that, and offer a glimpse of what magic still remains in the nooks and crannies of the world.