The Japanese artist talks about the animals she creates, and what inspires her.
What was the inspiration for your illustrations that feature in the Gucci Children’s Spring Summer 2018 Collection?
I don’t know if it could be called inspiration but I always draw what I get in mind spontaneously, casually, as children do. I seldom go out, so probably I quite often imagine things like creatures living in somewhere far away… where I want to go but I can’t.
Does your work feature any motifs that are personal and special to you?
I have some motives that I draw repeatedly, persistently. For example, snails, giant creatures, plants, hairs, eyeballs, tails, children, etc. They certainly have some charms in their shapes, but maybe they also have “something” that forces me to draw them…Maybe I keep drawing them looking for this “something”.
Why do you draw cats, dogs and rabbits instead of other animals?
I also like drawing insects, sea animals, microbes, or fungus… but people love such lovely animals. That’s simply why you can find my drawings of such animals more often. I love living beings in general.
Are the dogs and cats you draw inspired by real animals you know if so can you tell me about them?
Many of the models are real animals I know. The one I draw the most should be “Nyanko”, a Ragdoll cat, and a real cat I have in my house. I also draw dogs and cats in my friends’ house, or the cats, birds or insects I once had with me. As I live with a cat now, the cat could probably be the most common thing I draw.
Do you imagine the animals you draw have personalities?
Yes. When I have a real model, its personality is reflected. And also that of its owner…I usually imagine for each model its own story or personality. Even if there is no real model, I always have a certain image of each character. For example, a goldfish which loves brilliant gems, a plant with an eye which can communicate by telepathy…etc. I imagine its own story or the way how it is living.