Artist Celeste Mountjoy’s work has had me giggling at my desk. As a 16-year-old (yes, you read that correctly) she’s wise beyond her years, as her illustrations are clearly a satirical take on a wide range of world issues.
Celeste isn’t just an illustrator with a style emulating Chris (Simpsons artist), she has a penchant for facetious dead-pan story-telling. Celeste states Michael Leunig, David Shrigley, and Polly Nor as her illustrative influencers, but the inspiration for the context behind her hilarious drawings come from everyday conversations:
Almost every conversation and situation can be broken down, pulled apart and then diluted into a concentrated essence of someone’s brain or character,” she says. “Not just the nice bits of who they are, it’s interesting to call out the shitty parts of humans and human nature and make fun of them too. I think most of the characters in my comics are based off people I’ve encountered and then amplified to be over the top and to the point. People are weird and dark and hilarious all the time without even trying to be – you just need to look at things a little different to recognise that.
I wish I was this talented and witty at 16!! Perhaps her ability to be so sharp and opinionated is hugely to do with her access to social media so young, allowing Celeste to poke fun at our self-obsessed human attributes and “first world problems”.