Jacqueline ‘Jisu’ Choe is from the Midwest of the United States. A high school-dropout turned young aspiring illustrator, now residing in southern California. She takes inspiration from her experiences to add a certain edge, and strives to enact real social change through commentary and critical analysis of certain topics through her work.
“DruGz”: This work was created at a very difficult time in my life when I was prescribed very strong SSRIs (antidepressants), which caused terrible side-effects, including suicidal thoughts and actions. I immediately went off the drug, but sadly turned towards other substances. The result was a feeling of overwhelm and chaos, which inspired this piece. I am very grateful that this period in my life is over, because self-medicating is not the answer! I thankfully now have the help I need and see a therapist regularly. I am now in a much better place, and hope that my story, experience and art can inspire others who are struggling with depression and other mental illnesses, to take steps towards a healthy recovery.”