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  • I love peanut.

  • First of all, it was an honor and a surprise.

  • When they asked me to come and and maybe work with them, I had the chance to go to Santa Rosa to see their museum, and we went through all the archives and we saw all the drawings off Schultz.

  • So as all the, uh, a great moment and lots of inspiration, the drawings off peanuts and the characters had, of course, an influence on my line off my drawings when I was working again on finding ideas for the this collaboration, Mr Ray, meeting the characters of peanuts.

  • It's funny how I rediscover some drawing and lines were very similar.

  • So of course he had a lot off influence on me.

  • I'm actually gonna dig into, like, all the images from peanuts that actually they actually action images, you know, like running or like dancing, tumbling roller skating.

  • I was really attracted to that sort of images because I thought okay, because my idea is actually to bring them energy to make them like explode, you know, because I mean my work.

  • Of course it has, you know, because of the way I use color and you know, shapes and everything.

  • What I wanna also like, I wanna trigger dying people, too.

  • I want people to feel energized.

  • You know the kids.

  • You know Charlie Brown, You know, Peppermint, Patty, everybody.

  • They sort of like their kids.

  • But they have, like this adults sort of like, you know, psychological struggles all the time.

  • And then But the one who's actually fantasizing about everything is Snoopy, you know?

  • And I was always I was always fascinated by this this combination, And it's very universal too, you know?

  • How could he should actually be able to do that?

  • Because I can relate to anything.

  • And that's I mean, that's the beauty of it.

  • Playing with Peanuts is so beautiful for us because it's like, so sweet and so genuine.

  • And so really, it's not like trying to be something other than that definitely has a close relationship to the art that we're putting out there.

  • So we totally feel a great connection, and we're honored to be like crying inside of that.

  • That realm Snoopy is like a very reduced kind of like graphic language.

  • It's still like addressing regular kid's life, so you have, like a little kid, It's pet are typical house.

  • Some of the imagery that were being toying with is to some degrees in the same reduced language.

  • But there are bigger icons in the sense of that.

  • They're not someone specific.

  • It's like a cloud.

  • The moon we able to combine those two.

  • So, like now Snoopy, it's on top of our little cloud.

  • So he's like, You know, that character right now is on top of this archetypical kind of like reference point, and that's something that that it was perfect for us.

  • It was perfect, like marriage between the work that we do on the existing language that's globally, like recognized cartoons are feel, are so powerful.

  • There's such a powerful way of conveying not only my inner feelings and inner emotions.

  • They're like emotion.

  • Emojis, I guess.

  • And I find that Peanuts does things in a similar but different way where you have these visuals that are so delightful and you have thes stories with the human heart which are touching.

  • But you also have some dark ah, human things that are apparent and get explained in a way that kids can kind of understand.

  • That's something that I think is really important and that I'd like to do in my artists well.

  • But the same time I don't want to add to the downers that I feel are being pushed out into the visual world.

  • I want you elevate in a way that's not pretending that everything is okay.

  • And I think that the peanuts do that in a similar way.

  • As a child, I would cut out images from the comics and, like, turn it in tow like my own toys like, So I I even see that as moving forward as a part of my work.

  • I kind of collaged images together.

  • I just tried to think about If Snoopy was a part of my world interacting with my figures, what would he look like?

  • And what world would he live in?

  • So, ah, lot of my figures are a little more squared off has to approach.

  • I took with Snoopy and Woodstock and then in a similar way, like I layered imagery in back of them and on top of them, and that's usually how I work.

  • When I was approached for the opportunity, I definitely jumped at it because peanuts has been a big part of my childhood, and so to be able to kind of filter those characters through my vision is kind of like, uh, once in a lifetime experience.

  • So the reason why when peanuts approached me and I wanted to do this was that it was something I grew up watching.

  • Um, it has a great large audience, and I like to engage more people, So it just made perfect sense.

  • The way I kind of went about with the artwork that I created was that I work on different kind of body of work, even in painting.

  • It could be figurative to abstraction.

  • And also there is a significant strong character and what Schultz has made.

  • And I tried my best to kind of capturing rise what peanuts represent and find a way for me to kind of resonate to that when I came to New York.

  • You know, these projects where the project that I want to kind of engage myself, um, again with the audience and my influences.

  • And I thought this was a perfect opportunity for me to be creative and, um, make something very creative as well.

I love peanut.

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