about karen choe

Acidpaint is my online art and design brand. I am a freelance illustrator by night.

I grew up in Seattle, Washington. I studied psychology, philosophy, and child and adolescent mental health at New York University (2016). I work in healthcare by day. I currently reside in Brooklyn, New York. I take inspiration from the surrealist cultural movement in the 1920s. I also take inspiration from film producers, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, and Hayao Miyazaki.

The name Acidpaint comes from two components- Hydrochloric acid is a common ingredient used to remove old paint. Acid rain is harmful rainfall from atmospheric pollution, caused by industrial burning coal and other fossil fuels.

I created @acidpaint on Instagram in 2014 to hold myself accountable in drawing as a hobby, but discovered it to be an effective means to communicate to people through art. I enjoy using art to display how our cultural addiction of consumerism has harmful effects on wildlife. The climate crisis is not from any particular form of consumption, but rather the way we globally produce for profit than for sustainability. You don’t clean acid out of something. You use acid to clean, to erase, to destroy, much like the way we are painting our natural environment with contaminants.