After heartbreak 💔⛈ , “Cry Me A Pool” is a series of drawings I’ve been working on during these months of quarantine🏠🦠. By illustrating fantastic, joyful escapades✨, the pools are my way of healing—exploring my relationship with water, loss, and sadness—, and trying to find my joy again.🌈☁️
“Cry Me A Pool” is for people who long to be taken back to wonderful moments in their lives🌺. By looking back, they spark desires and help imagine possible futures for us. Like so much of my work, the pools are ultimately an ode to my paternal grandmother 👩👦. I have vivid memories of looking out the window👦🏻 and seeing the entire construction of the pool she and my grandfather built🏗 🧜♂️. I was probably seven years old, and recall seeing the massive, deep void in the yard slowly begin taking structure, shape, and eventually getting filled with water.💧✨
My illustrated pools are reminders: of taking swimming classes with siblings in summers🏊♂️🏊♀️🏊♀️, weekend getaways with a lover🛩, celebration with friends☀️; reminders of independence as well as insecurities🧼; of bbqs with hotdogs🌭, burgers🍔, and ribs🍖; of bonding with family while imagining the deep end are shark-infested waters🦈; of life in the Caribbean🏝; and of falling in love (and lust) at first sight💞.
These are the first two pools of the series, and I'll only be making 10 of each this year, in this size, and color story🚿. The pools are printed on watercolor paper, and they measure 12"x12"📏🖍. They are $65 per pool + shipping📪. I've also included some iPhone wallpapers as a thank you for reading this far! I’ll be drawing new ones throughout the coming months: like my grandmother’s pool when I was a kid, I'll be slowly giving them structure, shape, and eventually filling them with water, color, and life.🍄🌿