A sneak peek at my new body of work

Above: Sisterhood, artwork from the Flying Apostrophes series.

I wanted to share a peek into what’s been going on behind the scenes in my studio. 

You’ll see that my new body of work is from my popular Flying Apostrophes series. If you’re wondering how in the world this series came about, I’ll be honest with you …

One day, I simply felt compelled to start painting apostrophes. It might sound crazy but I know that apostrophes are one of the most misunderstood and misused punctuation marks EVER.

Don’t believe me?

  • Go to a grocer and weep at the misplaced apostrophes
  • Watch the captions on certain sports channels and see how they are abused (along with many other grammatical errors)
  • Analyse the writing of a certain (age-related) demographic and mourn at how they are tossed willy nilly into any situation
  • I could go on!

Anyhow, while many people are busy inserting apostrophes into pigeonholes they don’t belong – due to their own misguided assumptions about how they should be used – I wanted to create worlds where they are celebrated. Where they could dance and party – and exist – without being told they aren’t in the right place.

So the Flying Apostrophes series was born. And I knew that I hit a chord when people started pinging me with messages about how they could relate to them.

As I’m sure you have guessed by now, the Flying Apostrophes series is not just about punctuation. It’s about belonging. It’s about identity. And it’s about forging your own path in the world when everyone tells you that you should be doing something else.

UPDATE: You can view the collection here.


By Valerie Khoo

June 7th, 2019
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