I Like You When You Are Quiet－ Mixed media illustrations by Yolanda Kog
A shy girl with a red apple-like face beaming sweet smiles. She speaks so softly that you may not even hear her, but only see her shiny eyes turning as her mind strays away to nowhere. We are virtually in a conversation yet neither of us understands what the other utters, while our minds wander away in their own different directions…
The commotion in her heart never rests. She exerts herself struggling, fighting against the social system until she finally lives the way she desires. Such are her creative ideas: Silence is in the eye of the storm. Despite of a very noisy and chaotic world, there’s still a silence area – a void – in our inner minds. Keeping silent does not mean speechlessness. Silence can be more expressive than words. Voicelessness is eternity. You are eternity.
As the tale goes, there’s a mushroom-headed girl without a mouth. Actually she’s not a big head but has no brain, neither is she a big brain where grows mushroom. Said the prince: “…Maybe you can’t find anyone in the world like me, who just tried all-out to come here. Now here I see nothing but you. But you apparently ignore me. What are you actually busy with? …I think, you
aren’t really a human being, but just a mushroom…”Answered the useless mushroom: “What I’m busy doing is not something you can feel with your naked eyes and what’s in my head it’s not something you can see right now…”
“Look, how powerless and fragile words may look. Just let’s do it quietly in silence. A thousand ideas have come and gone. How can I explain to others?”
Yolanda is such a girl, with a mind full of whims. Under her lovely and mild appearance hides a perceptual world of passion, confusions and melancholy. Though a fashion design major, she chose handicraft making (handmade and sewing) as her art career. Yet what she loves most is to create illustrations. She likes the style of Japanese Ukiyo-e (literally pictures of the floating world) and her most favorite painter is Takato Yamamoto, whose images are imbued with sensuality, violence and mystery. But she also likes works by Osamu Yokonami, which are neat, fresh yet occasionally funny and that can make her laugh. For Yolanda, loving simultaneously these two kinds of utterly different styles is just like the wrestling game between reality and her inner contradictions. She tries to elaborate further but gives up. Whatever! Just let all, quiet down.