My grandpa thinks the Chinese zodiac is really cute (I think to the many times
he cut out the animals from free calendars from Chinese grocery stores and hung them up
around the house). It is for this reason that he is represented as a monkey, and I am
represented as a rabbit.
My grandma was born in the Year of the Rat, and she always had a bit too much pride to
celebrate that fact, so I've chosen to render her as a human. However, I have not tried
to capture her actual likeness... hair dyed jet black each time white roots grew visible in the slightest,
rotating formal purple vests reminiscent of her past as a principal, a scrunched smile that
looked at you the same way when you were five
years old and ran into her arms after school to show her the token you got for walking a mile
and when you were seventeen and went straight to your room after school, shutting the door behind you,
dead-faced, in silence... these are not things that a semester-long project can even begin to attempt.
"Everything in the Garden" refers to the idiom, "everything in the garden is rosy,"
typically used negatively to suggest that things are not as perfect as they seem...
This is the first original 3D experience I've built, and it proved especially challenging as a solo project.
In part to help combat this, I created a narrative prototype in 2D using Bitsy. While the world
has evolved quite a bit since this experiment, I think it provides a good two-minute introduction to
this world. You can play the prototype here.
(you were cuter when you were younger)
Thank you both for the garden, a place I've found myself lost, stuck, searching, and loved.