Interview: Illustrator Yuko Shimizu on Unlimited Possibilities, Staying Unsatisfied and Choosing Creativity
LLI: Will you introduce yourself?
YS: My name is Yuko Shimizu. I am an illustrator in New York City. I have been illustrating full time for about ten years now. I have also been teaching illustration at the School of Visual Arts, where I got my MFA in the Illustration as Visual Essay program in 2003. I am originally from Tokyo, Japan. I moved to New York in 1999, after quitting my job doing PR for a large corporation there for more than ten years.
LLI: What inspired the move from Tokyo to New York? How did you move from inspiration to action?
i dont want my words to be taken out of context
i dont want to be infantilized because i refuse to be sexualized
i dont want to be molested at shows or on the street by people who perceive me as an object that exists for their personal satisfaction
i dont want to live in a world where…
Frida circa 1926, photo taken by her dad Guillermo.
If you are a Frida Kahlo fan – and really, who isn’t – check out the new exhibit at the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City. It opened this past weekend and it takes us inside Frida’s long-locked closet.
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