I saw a picture of Chie Aoki‘s work on the Art Listings Professional blog and was pretty much blown away. These peculiar transformative sculptures are failry opaque to me in terms of meaning but as visual object I find them, well, really neato.
All I can find out about Aoki is that she is a 29-year old and graduated from the Kanazawa College of Art from the Craft department. I’m pretty sure there’s more info on Aoki online somewhere, but probably in Japanese, at a guess. I’m kind of reminded of No-Face from the Miyazaki movie Spirited Away but that’s probably just because I’m seeing a Japanese artist and it makes me think of other Japanese cultural references.
There’s a quiet lushness in these surreal figures that plays with the synthetic/organic boundary in a very visually appealing way. More of Chie Aoki’s work can be seen in her fairly extensive Picasa web album portfolio.