The illustrations of Joanna Concejo
Polish born illustrator Joanna Concejo creates captivating stories bringing to life fantastic creatures and enigmatic characters, transforming the imminent danger of an unexpected encounter into an innocent play or a metaphor of rebirth, as her narratives also follow surprising paths for those who unriddle their meanings.
There is a special relationship between human and animal like heroes inhabiting the artist’s illustrations, of mutual understanding, of shared solitude and complex emotions, while natural elements, often overwhelming in their richness and greatness, contribute to the overall feeling the viewer experiences when exploring the works.
Through an extraordinary visual reading that can address both children and adults, the intricacy of human fears and desires is highlighted, with the depicted situations beautifully outlining life’s joys and challenges, our own strengths and weaknesses.
All images © Joanna Concejo