A series of 10 illustrations for my illustration thesis project "Cosmos". The topic illustrates the mundane daily interactions within society reflects with conflicts between bordering countries throughout history, indicating the invariable nature of all human conflicts regardless of the scale.
The illustration compares manspreading on subway as the migrant issue between the U.S. and its South American neighbours.
The illustration compares neighbours' backyard issue to the water conflict between Israel and Palestine.
The land that was known as Canaan signifies historical and cultural importance to both Israelities and Palestinians. The two ethnicities all have reasonable claims to the land, yet all sides want the land exclusively as their own. Just as Noa Baum's book title has suggested, it is A Land Twice Promised.
The illustration compares a disastrous fireworks event to the Siege of Melos during the Peloponnesian War.
The illustration compares the Korean tradition of Dojabi (fortune telling ritual through toy picking) to the Korean war.
It is true that before and during the Korean war, Koreans were divided between the left, supported by the Soviet Union and the right, supported by the United States, but they were merely the instruments of the division thrust on them. But animosity and rivalry between the North and the South developed to the extent that they were engaged in a fratricidal war (some call it a proxy war) supported by their respective guardians.
History, Politics, and Policy in the U.S. - Korea Alliance. Keynote Address by Dr. Han Sung-joo. The Brookings Institution. November 17, 2014
The illustration records the Partition of India and Pakistan with truck art, portraying the interseting culture and history between the two countries.
The illustration compares the famous Three Kingdoms period (220-280 AD) to a three-player arcade game, alluding to the race to unite anicent China (portrayed as the dragon) between tripartite division among the states of Wei, Shu, Wu.
The Three Kingdoms period is popularized by Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the famous historical novel written by Luo guanzhong. The novel is a romanticised record that features part historical, part legend, and part mythical characters and plots. Because of its unique script, the story has been adapted into many TV-shows, movies, graphic novels, video games, etc.