piku piku

October 13, 2020

I came across the work of Brooklyn based artist, Yuko Nishikawa today and her art, philosophy, and rhythmic attitude to life resonated with me a great deal. She makes lighting out of clay that’s wonderfully weird and anthropomorphic, as well as beautiful mobiles that feel like roving planets. During quarantine she made one painting a day, some incredibly detailed, and others simple and bold in execution. “Piku piku,” Nishikawa says in her artist’s statement, “is a Japanese onomatopoeia that describes involuntary movements caused by unexpected contact. I want my work to make you feel piku piku, tickling something deep down inside you.”

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