Bug is a multidisciplinary visual artist, with a focus on illustration. They come from Scottish and third generation Dutch white settlers to the Canadian colonial project and displaced Kanien’kehá:ka. They bring themself with the perspectives of being a mad and chronically ill, queer and trans person. Their drawings invite you into elaborate worlds crafted out of fine linework and stippling. Often monochromatic, reminiscent of the high contrast charm of photocopies. Their illustrations expand to the use of colour through watercolour, repurposed materials and digital art.
The diversity of their work can be brought together within its motivations in visibility for the communities it speaks to, movement building and the construction of hope. Bug’s illustrations have been featured in magazines like This Magazine, Asparagus Magazine, Broken Pencil and the Capilano Review. Their work has been commissioned for everything from business design to event posters and album art.
Primarily self-taught they attended Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2011. Their style is influenced greatly from contemporary illustrators like Juan Diego, Christie Roads and Sophie Campbell who inspired them greatly as a queer youth. Bug grew up primarily on the unceded and occupied Lekwungen territory of so-called Victoria, moving around a bit throughout their childhood and youth. They have been based on the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh lands of so-called Vancouver where they have made a long term home over the past eight years.