Nika Dizon was more than happy to share with us the inspiration behind her “tiny tragedies” and about her experiences as an artist, a millennial, and a woman.

Let’s admit it: while using humor as a coping mechanism may not be the healthiest thing to do, it’s hella fun. I have personally done my fair share (or more) of sharing memes about being ghosted, unrequited love, being cheated on, and the like. I mean, it hurt you, screwed you over, and maybe made you sad for a bit, why not get a laugh out of it later on when you can already say you’ve gotten over it? Or rather, why not laugh it off until you actually do get over it?

That is why we’re thankful for, amused by, and very much able to relate to artist Nika Dizon and her “tiny tragedies” series.

Nika’s “tiny tragedies” series takes the humor of looking back on relationships gone wrong, adds a more intimate level of depth to it by relaying her own experiences, and showcases it in distinct, quirky collages.

These are based on actual events in my life and I guess I have a really dark sense of humor to be making art and joking about some events that have actually hurt me. But I like to deal with my own personal tragedies by laughing off how silly and absurd life can get sometimes. Once you’ve acknowledged your own personal shortcomings and learn from certain circumstances, you can finally laugh about these things and move on because, well, that’s just how life is. Comedy is partly tragedy, after all.

Nika Dizon (@nika.dizon)

The best part about this series, and Nika’s work in general, is how open she is. Beyond her work for “tiny tragedies”, you can easily see just how much of her is within her work. You understand just how much her inspiration is derived from her personal experiences and how a lot of what she creates are narratives within themselves of how she reflects on the world around her. Whether it’s the woes of modern dating or the struggles of being a woman, Nica’s story is one that’s constantly being told in her work.

I have been told (many times, by people older than me) that my works are very “millennial”—which is absolutely true. My works show how I live my life as a millennial and a woman, in this country, in this world, in an absolutely weird timeline. I think that addressing the concerns of my generation is important to raise awareness of what’s going on, and to further the discussion of what should be done.

Nika Dizon (@nika.dizon)

I believe that this is a huge chunk of what art is—being able to convey your truth and what you want to communicate and share it with those who are able to witness your work. Nika is constantly able to do just that. More than being a painter, Nika Dizon’s work shows that she is also a visual communicator, a storyteller, and someone who definitely has a lot to say.

You can follow Nika Dizon and check out more of her work and find out where her art will be showcased on her Instagram page. According to Nika, her “tiny tragedies” series will be turned into a zine soon. We’ll keep you posted once it’s out, because we’re as excited as you are!