1|1 is a project about a girl who has a mirror on her face. She has chosen to lose herself in a world full of information, and she has failed to understand or get back to who she really is because of social recognitions and self-expectations that were put upon her. The character is a reflection of myself, an extreme people-pleaser, being tolerant of others while doubting myself. One day I realized that I was not only wearing masks to increase chances of making people like me, but also losing my identity in the process. I kept torturing myself by saying that I was not good enough, but nothing is ever enough.
Flora Bai is an illustrator and visual artist originally from Wuhan, currently based in NYC. She graduated from the SVA, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program in 2021.