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Song Chow - "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love"

About the Artist:

My name is Song Chow and I’ve been practicing art since I was a child. My love of art started with cartoons, video games, and comic books, and I have been developing this love with digital art ever since.




What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Digital Painting, 2020, 1444x1926 pixels (and other varied sizes)

Artwork by Song Chow

Artwork by Song Chow

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is inspired by Raymond Carver’s short story of the same name. It features 30 pages of hand drawn art depicted in a comic. Carver showed how lacking language is when it comes to truly describing love, and he showed how little we really understand about it. My piece seeks to use visual art as a way to reflect on love.

The story centers around the topic of love and what it is or is not. This theme particularly hit home with me because I obsessed over what exactly love is. I spent years of my life painfully searching for what it was, trying to satisfy the incessant questions in my own head. Eventually I realized that love is impossible to characterize, and my comic represents this conclusion. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is a rumination of what love is but resolves with the acceptance of love’s abstract form. If language cannot properly describe love, perhaps art can.

See the full comic here: http://wwtawwtalcomic.com/