" The Holidays Aren't Fun Collection is the world seen through a bent lens - a tourist in a strange place. Superflat was my bread and butter for a long time. It was all I dreamt about, worked on, played with. Superflat is about using only flat colours - and having no gradients at all - only clear boundaries of colour. Shading can still appear but almost like a posterize effect. I fell in love with the medium of vector because it was endless editability without degredation of quality.
One of the most iconic and my personal favourite superflat work I've ever produced is in this collection - The Cafe on Mt. Kailash. Everything is just right in that image - it has for me the exact same intuition and vibe as Picasso's Three Musicians. That cubist style of incompletion of form that suggests rather than forces completeness. The edges of connotations filling in the gaps. Feelings rather than literals. A lot of the works in this series a like that - Table For One (With A View), The Pool Room, Midnight Guests, Novotel 2AM, Alchemy 101 - these are all in that same vein. It really shows because all of those were created in the same week, sometimes two a night, and I don't think I could recreate that balance of decision making right now, I've just changed as well.
Another very important piece in this collection is Doctors Surgery 2AM, as it really does lift off from being referential to a real world, and transcends into a very clear but non-real world. The clarity is really important, as otherwise it just becomes abstract art and can be any random shit chucked on a screen. But this is very clearly being guided by visions that aren't related to the bandwidth of perception we're all used to. Engine Failure In The Puzzle Room And The Frantic Escape Back To Reality speaks to this exact concept - and you can feel the franticness of the explorer whose motor in a tinny has just died, and he tries to revive it back again. The puzzle room is one of the "rooms" from this very large world I've been to I've seen over and over, and have felt this rising panic of being stuck there forever, only to escape back to reality with only my wits end. These are highly strange and out there concepts, but are part of my experience bank.
A lot of this collection is just that - works and not masterpieces. It's a collection of ideas, and germinations of ideas.