Maryland Institute College of Art


Bloom is a series of motion illustrations that explore themes of femininity, religion, and sexuality. The project is based on a series of interviews with religious people, pastors, friends from India and the United States. It is also a reflection on readings of Sigmund Freud and modern-day philosopher Alain De Botton.

A question I keep asking is :

'How can oppressive religious rules be reimagined to express freedom, love, trust, kindness, and peace?' 

Inspired by Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly delights, I created strong women that exist in nature and emanate feelings of love, strength, and resilience. Through subtle movements, the illustrations aim to evoke feelings of softness and sensitivity. 

What does it feel like for a young person who has strong faith in religion but also is curious about exploring their sexuality? 

This editorial style illustration explores this question through whimsical landscape and objects of meaning. 

© 2020 by Kiran Joan

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