In Asian Praisings we put people in the spotlight through short interviews. We want to show fair and positive Asian representation in the Netherlands!
This time illustrator and author Priscilla Kim Latoeperissa will answer our questions!
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF. WHO ARE YOU?
Hello, my name is Priscilla Kim Latoeperissa. I graduated from the Utrecht School for Graphic Design as a graphic designer. I like to travel and go for a walk in nature—getting some fresh air, feeling the wind blow through my hair and enjoying the beautiful seasonal changes of nature. I also like to read books, play the violin and watch Korean dramas.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE YOURSELF? WHY DID YOU BECOME AN ILLUSTRATOR?
Since I was a child, I’ve always been a dreamer. I’ve always had a completely different perception of the world. I often wandered off into my own thoughts and created a new dreamy reality, full of thoughts, ideas and analysis. In recent years, the emphasis has shifted to my passion: design and illustration. Through my art and illustrations, I can express myself and wander off into my own world. This way I can give my own interpretation to the meaning of the art.
WHICH PROJECT THAT YOU HAVE WORKED ON DO YOU LIKE THE MOST?
The project I’m currently working on; I am writing a book! Publishing your own book is a great learning process, but above all, I just feel very proud. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for such a long time. I finally took the big step of starting my own business and writing and illustrating a children’s book. Its main theme is the seasons. Some words are translated into different languages, such as Indonesian, Chinese and English. I am very excited about the end result. I hope you will all like it as much as I do!
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?
I get my inspiration from cultures, films, music, (surrealistic) art, books, my family and my own personal experiences. Nature is a great source of inspiration for me. I keep wondering about the little things. They are secrets from a fairy tale world that reveal themselves to me and get reflected in my work.
WHAT DOES REPRESENTATION OF THE ASIAN COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU?
I think representation and diversity are very important. Children are especially heavily influenced by misleading media-images, especially when it comes to misinterpreted stereotypes and ideologies. If children get the message that their background doesn’t matter, this will create a more negative self-image. This has motivated me to publish children’s books in which I translate words into another language.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THE FUTURE?
I would like to open my own book café with nice bubble tea, sweet snacks, a broad selection of books to read and of course a special corner with my own art/designs and books.
WHAT IS YOUR OWN CULTURAL BACKGROUND? HOW DO YOU RELATE TO THIS?
My father is from Indonesia (Palembang) and my mother is from Germany. I have fully embraced both cultures. I am surrounded by lovely people with different cultural backgrounds. They showed me that growing up with cultural diversity is actually something beautiful. My message to others would be: don’t be ashamed of who you are! Present yourself with confidence and learn how to use your roots positively.
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