“I started off by drawing friends and colleagues, but I always added speech bubbles because I thought my drawings weren’t expressive enough,” Chirică told The Calvert Journal. “Then I embraced it as my style, realised that this was my favourite thing to do, and quit my job at an advertising agency.”
Chirică’s two English-language graphic novels include The Year of the Pioneer, an autobiographical account on the day she became a pioneer in 1986 in communist Romania, and Home Alone, a poetic exploration of depression.
While she has so far focused on black and white drawings, the Bucharest-based artist tried her hand at colour for her latest summer series. “I wanted to draw natural-looking female bodies because a naked, shameless body is the greatest form of freedom and channel for relating to others,” she says.