Kitty Jill

Reverie in Relics:

Toys of Time Reclaimed

Reverie in Relics:

Toys of Time Reclaimed

Reverie in Relics:

Toys of Time Reclaimed

This airbrushed painting consists of several iconic cartoon characters and toys that were popularized from the 1970s to the early 2000s, drawn in a cartoonish or 3D animated style that contrasts the background of a scene of overflowing donation bins, flooded with clothes, abandoned TVs, suitcases, and garbage. At the very center is the character Bomberman, a video gamer character in a Japanese video game, who has a yellow face, a simple expression of black eyes and eyebrows, wearing a blue, belted, bodysuit, that has white arm and leg coverings and a hood with a bulbous antennae. His hands and feet and antennae are magenta pink. He holds a bomb. He stands on the main center stage of bursting suitcases. Above Bomberman on the top left corner of the painting are Japanese superhero characters Anpanman (wearing a red supersuit and yellow boots and belt detailing and brown cape) and Currypanman. (wearing a orange supersuit with yellow detailing of yellow cape, belt and boots) flying in the air. Anpanman is a superhero with a whimsical large round simple head that is made of a bean bun. Currypanman's head is brown, dumpling shaped, and is supposed to be made of a curry bun. They fly past Bomberman in front of the colorful donation bins. To the top right are two sonny angel characters: one with a strawberry hat and the other with a candy bon bon hat. They are these baby characters that were inspired by the Kewpie baby on Japanese Kewpie mayo. They sit on an abandoned TV set behind the suitcases Bomberman is standing on. Towards the bottom left of the painting, at the feet of the abandoned bursting suitcases, lies Parappa the Rappa, a videogame character, who sits and holds with a boombox with a cartoon face on it. Parappa is a light-beige dog wearing a blue shirt and jeans, a red beanie with a small frog logo, and red shoes with M logos on them. He is on a quest to achieve his idea of adulthood to prove himself to his crush. Finally, to the bottom right of the painting are two plushies: Doraemon and My Melody. Doraemon is a robotic, earless, blue cat with a white mouth and belly and a red nose. He travels back in time to the 22nd century to help a preteen boy. My Melody is a white bunny with a pink hat, detailed with a little flower on the right side of her hat. She is a good-natured girl and is best friends to Hello Kitty.

Artist Biography

Dabbling enthusiast.

Dabbling enthusiast.

Connection To Place

I acknowledge that I am on the traditional territory of the Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk), Anishinaabe (Algonquin), and Huron-Wendat peoples. I recognize their enduring presence on this land and offer my respect to their Elders, both past and present. As I gather here, I commit to learning from and supporting the ongoing efforts of Indigenous communities in this region and beyond;