Steph Kunze earned a BFA in illustration with a minor in creative writing from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Currently, she lives and works in Minneapolis, MN. Her illustrations depict mainly fictitious girls, women, and various creatures within dreamlike settings.
Inner Worlds, a collection consisting of nine framed illustrations and one illustrated book, seeks to evoke the inner worlds of seventeen original female characters. Each illustration, strategically composed from elements of repetition, symmetry, and architecture, acts as a glimpse into a female character's dreams and emotions, revealing an intimate, yet ambiguous narrative about who she is. Inspired by my youth, Inner Worlds' explores themes relevant to it, such as loss, escapism, and sadness, in both serious and light-hearted ways.
The illustrations in Inner Worlds are drawn in pencil and ballpoint pen. Consequently, they have a soft, grainy texture, giving them a dreamlike atmosphere. The nine framed illustrations are drawn in pencil. Seven of them, framed as archival prints, are also digitally overlaid with flat shapes of color. The illustrated book, constructed by hand in a variant of the drum leaf binding, consists of eight illustrations originally drawn in ballpoint pen and accompanied by original text.