What do you aim to say by the themes in your art?
I explore a variety of themes, they may be mythological, surreal, current world affairs, beauty, or simply for aesthetic value. I don’t stick to anything in particular.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I derive my inspiration from the old masters' paintings, pop art, anime/manga art to alternative fashion.
Do you have any experiences that have impacted your art?
In 2014, Harajuku fashion had a profound impact on my works, originally a movement against strict societal rules and, to break out of the mainstream fashion, there are various Japanese sub-styles, such as; Lolita, Visual Kei, Cosplay, Decora, Gyaru, Fairy Kei to name a few. My art is often inspired by Lolita fashion, which is influenced by Victorian clothing and styles from the Rococo period.
Do you feel your art challenges existing barriers?
I do not believe in being held back in terms of subject matters and styles, something that is beyond artistic branding, I feel that as an artist, we should all have the freedom to explore what speaks to us, I support inconsistency in the fine arts, the freedom to explore any culture or the lack of it, and break and challenge any form of conditioning.
What are your long-term artistic goals?
I am currently expanding my list of exhibitions and would like to continue doing so. I am also publishing a manga at this time and would like to publish more books in the future.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
It is important to use references while creating an artwork, especially if the end goal is to have refined, technical skills. It is essential to understand and memorize the subject. The next exercise would be to create artwork entirely from imagination. It is important to look at as many images as possible, to create a visual library, so it is easier to develop one’s imagination. Movies, animations, comic books, etc., can help quite a bit in developing one’s visual library, although inspiration can be very personal, perhaps something that may not be inspiring to one person, may just be what the other creator needed to have their creative juices flowing.
It is essential to research and delve into what feels genuinely intriguing, once that is decided, explore as many options and possibilities within the area of focus. Knowledge really is power, if you know what you’re doing, you will likely not make bad investments.