“That Good JuJu Power”
Digital illustration printed on Rives
24W x 36H x .5D
Artist Statement: When I met my Inspiration, Staci, I was so touched by her brush with cancer. She spoke about her amazing daughter Juliana, or JuJu for short, and how, in Juju’s brief 5 years on this earth, she brought out laughter, love and wonder in every person she met. Staci called it her ’JuJu Power,’ and as I learned more, I felt that power too.
I’m a professional photographer by trade, but when Staci showed me around JuJu’s magical bedroom filled with so many of the things that made her happy, my imagination kicked in and I immediately thought of this squishy, colorful world where JuJu and her favorite things could exist and play together - I could just see her bringing her stuffed toys and cartoons to life around her, and I knew this was the perfect chance for me to jump into an illustrated portrait instead.
While the many playful references in this piece are inside nods to her family and best friends, I worked to showcase That Good JuJu Power in a way that could pull you into her imaginary world, and make you want to experience it too!