Wesley Clare Poirier


Visual narratives are compelling because of the characters and how well they resonate with the audience.  Relatable, heartwarming characters are what I explore in my artwork.  My inspirations come from graphic novels I consumed in my formative years, such as This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, as well as Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass by Lilah Sturges and Polterink. 

Caelistar (chay-lih-star) is a story deeply rooted in my own experiences. From recognizing my transgender identity, to years of friendship troubles, to moving on from the past as one grows up, I want my characters to reflect what I have been through. My goal for my stories is that they offer the same escape to the reader that they have provided me, and that they will inspire my readers to go out and create their own worlds and tell their own stories.

As the Department of Art and Art History’s 2022 BFA class’ time at UConn draws to a close, we look back fondly on the time we spent together and the memories we made along the way. Although we now look forward to our creative futures, we wish to say thank you and farewell to our devoted professors and advisors who’ve worked alongside us throughout these transformative years.