Tanya Hong

Self Identity, 2020 (Sad Skellys – Series)


In-computer drawing archival pigment print on canvas/paper. 30x30cm. Framed.
“‘Self Identity’ portrays the ordeal of finding one’s self in our fast-paced and narcissistic society. The mirrors featuring a skeleton in different styles and mannerisms represent our changing identity as we get older. It can be often emotional, confusing and perhaps unintentionally overdramatic. Looking back, it can be often humorous to see all the phases we go through as we grow up. These are a few representations of these phases I went through as I anxiously tried to find my own identity. ” ~ Tanya Hong, 2021
“From the Series: “Sad Skellys”.
This is a series of artworks that all contain a seemingly sad skeleton doing either every-day things whilst having an existential crisis. This series follows my personal journey through how I often feel and have felt throughout the years due to my ongoing battle with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and how I choose to use humour as a representation of these emotions.
I chose to symbolise the ‘self’ or human-form in the form of a skeleton where there can be more of a focus on the artwork itself, rather than the skin-colour, appearance or race of the subject. Hence, I welcome anyone who has felt similarly whether they suffer from GAD or not- to freely relate to the subject in these artworks and understand that they are not alone. These colourful artworks were inspired by illustrators such as Mulga and Kentaro Yoshida. “~ Tanya Hong, 2021