Spare Me takes the form of a “running commentary” (literally and visually), featuring an open conversation of two or more differing perspectives on the topic of climate anxiety. “I have an obsession with existentialism driving me towards meta-fiction because it somehow feels like the only honest way for me to write, to admit that nothing is certain and that there is always another way to look at something”, Disa explains. Through using collage, the illustrator set herself a “fun challenge to work out how to show this visually, and I’m happy to have found a new way around it in this comic”.
The final publication is filled with playful, mixed-media compositions featuring Disa’s photography and illustrations that reflect her “strong and specific emotions” during the image-making. It’s been a long process to develop this style, “but I feel so happy with it” Disa explains. “Mixed media allows me to use absolutely everything around me… That’s also how I write, clashing things against each other and seeing how they feel!” The illustrator adds how “the element of surprise is very important to me in art-making, and that’s not possible for me to get if I’m drawing or painting — the hand guides too much, it knows too well where to go. Collage is always surprising!”
Disa views her work as a pursuit towards understanding, “I make new work to try to understand myself and the world I live in as best I can”. She seeks out academic writing on her topics of interest; citing academia as “a treasure trove of poetry and information”. Inspired by “anything that holds fascination” and picked up some of her comics literacy from Kentaru Miura’s Berserk and Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece.
About the Author
Jyni became a staff writer in March 2019 having previously joined the team as an editorial assistant in August 2018. She graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Communication Design in 2017 and her previous roles include Glasgow Women’s Library designer in residence and The Glasgow School of Art’s Graduate Illustrator.