Artist Spotlight – Naoshi

Please excuse me while I clear the cobwebs off my almost defunct blog. To my horror, I haven’t updated since October last year and it even took me a while to figure out how to log back into wordpress. How embarrassing! Nonetheless, I come bearing gifts (of inspiration) today! I have quite a long list of artists, illustrators, craft makers and crazy geniuses on my “people I want be when i grow up” scroll. For today, I would like to introduce to you – the wonderful world of Naoshi!

NAOSHI-005Escape to Sunny-side up, 2011

Ever played with coloured sand art when you were a kid? My first and last attempt at sand art happened when I was still in primary school, I remember sitting at a small store with my aunt and younger brother pouring sand onto an adhesive sheet. I found it quite fun but my younger brother got bored mid-way and I believe I gleefully finished his piece for him. These days, they are still littered around shopping malls in Singapore but with rather unappealing illustrations. Naoshi’s artwork on the other hand, just blows you away. She is a Japanese artist that works with coloured sand (called Sunae in Japanese) to create surreal pieces of work that invite you into a playful and imaginative wonderland. Her work is so weird and strange in the most delightful way. Yes, she somehow manages to make weird and strange stinking cute!

NAOSHI-002Measuring Height, 2012

I am typically not a big fan of pop art-ish works or art pieces with too many girls in them. But I have succumb to her work! It might be because even though her characters are mostly female, yet they are child-like and not overly feminine. They mainly feed on donuts and cake, so it’s hard not to love as well. Her Thumbelina characters get into the oddest adventures and lead such otherworldly lives, that you feel deeply inclined to jump into one of those space flying donuts and wave goodbye to all your troubles.

NAOSHI-003Doughnut Pool, 2014

NAOSHI-004Toothpick Rain, 2012 & The Narcissus and Me, 2013 

It is not easy to use conventional mediums to carve out a niche art practice, but Naoshi does it effortlessly! To me, that and her whimsical sense of humour is the magic formula to her successful works. If you are curious, I’m guilty of owning Measuring Height & Toothpick Rain! You can easily get them from her Etsy store or visit her website for more.