Simo Liu


Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
This illustration shows a lone character trying to escape from different rooms, looking for the Utopia. Those rooms represent a series of disasters occurred in 2020, such as COVID-19, fires, floods, earthquakes etc. These disasters have made us overwhelmed. We want to escape from that chaos to find the Utopia. I also hope this work will warn us to rethink our relationship with our surroundings.

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How did you make this work:
I was inspired by Bong Joon-ho's film “Parasite” as well as M.C. Escher’s paintings, which both show contradictory spaces and extremely difficult to escape from. I created nine rooms for this work, eight individual difficulties but one hope—the Utopia. Even though we are suffering right now, there is always a light in the darkness. The pandemics will disappear eventually, the sun will rise again.

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United States

Simo Liu is an Illustrator based in Los Angeles. She studied graphic design from Calarts and animation from USC.She likes to explore and experiment, combining various ideas, styles and techniques to achieve aesthetics. Many of her works show some bright tones with humor and wit inside. Her clients including Illumination, Medium, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Mural and many others.