Baopu #42: I’m Falling

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Yao Xiao

Yao Xiao is a China-born illustrator based in New York City. Yao Xiao creates artwork depicting a poetic visual world where complex concepts and human emotions are examined, amplified, and given physical form. Her work has helped people all over the globe connect at unique moments, from the celebration of the 20 Year Anniversary of the SXSW Interactive Festival, to the grand release of pop singer Katy Perry's single 'Dark Horse.' She has created deeply emotional and beautiful graphics for editorial print publications, pop music record covers, concert posters and book covers. Yao Xiao's serialized comic Baopu currently runs monthly on Autostraddle. It is an original comic exploring the nuances in searching for identities, connections and friendships through the fictional life of a young, queer emigrant. Baopu stands for 'holding simplicity,' a Taoist ideal of wishing to return to a simpler state. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Etsy or her website.

Yao has written 129 articles for us.


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  1. At times like these I try to remind myself of the Brandi Carlile lyrics to “That Year.” “You should have taken a long break // Instead of a long drop from a high place.” A few nights ago after a really rough day I was not sleeping, but instead making a list of items that would be easy to get rid of and the few ones to keep if we were to just move in with my parents. Sometimes I feel like a long break would be good.

  2. This two-fold reality is so beautifully expressed, and so relatable.

    Also ~~ Yao, I don’t know if you changed your site, or if I misremembered it, but oh! so much gorgeousness!

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