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Soga Kayoko- feelings of idleness expressed in monochromatic marvellousness

Having learned to paint and draw from a young age, and having cultivated a (surprising) ability to have patience while creating delicate and detailed images of my own, I’m still quite awe-struck when artists such as the Japanese illustrator Soga Kayoko come along. She has a wonderfully graphic style; her monochromatic work attempts to depict the moments we seldom take much notice of, such as sleeping or brushing our teeth, where we might not be feeling anything specific at all.

What I love so much about this art is the unbelievable amount of detail in the wild foliage spouting from body parts and the surrounding walls, as well as the distinctive Japanese print-like quality of the images. Soga seems to have created her own wonderful world of characters that all look very cool while doing not very much at all.

As the artist does not have a website of her own, I had to borrow images from another blog- WeWastTime and one of my favourite websites, Taxi. All these images link directly back to their sites. I hope they don’t mind.


One comment on “Soga Kayoko- feelings of idleness expressed in monochromatic marvellousness

  1. rondje
    March 18, 2013

    Wow, beautiful, thanks for sharing, greetz, Ron.

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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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