We’ve all gone the turbulent years of being a teenager–in fact, some of you might very well still be–so it’s always interesting whenever we come across something that resonates back to our ‘coming-of-age’ period, especially when it’s something as poignant as the artwork of Norwegian artist Kine Andersen. On top of that, for any of you that went through it all during the ’90s, her work will resonate all the more, as many of her illustrations capture the common alienation that occurred during the era of the girl/boy group bands, the height of high-school stereotypes, and the new-age of rebellion–a time she grew up in herself. Not to say the current generation has their fair share of shit–it’s all the same but different.

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“I felt like an alien most of my teenage years, therefore my illustrations are very lonely” Andersen tells Creators magazine about the context behind her candy-pop artwork. The juxtaposing use of vibrant colors and the surface simplicity of her work only exaggerates the relatable feeling of said loneliness. From tackling feelings of love and lust, to finding friendships in almost anything, Andersen’s work is whimsically depressing and wonderfully reminiscent of a time we often wish we could go back to… or re-do for many of us… Check out a few examples of her work throughout, and make sure you check out her website for more.

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