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New Moon : Interpretations of the Chinese Zodiac : Meet the Artists
To commemorate our upcoming group show centered around the theme of the Chinese zodiac, we did some quick 1-on-1's with the participating artists. Keep checking back as we'll be adding more short interviews as we get closer to the event.

Dino Alberto Angrywoebots Andrew Bell Leandro Castelao Alberto Cerriteno
Mike Davis Yoko d'Holbachie Tristan Eaton Mayuko Fujino Leontine Greenberg
Lauren Gregg Dan Goodsell Stella Im Hultberg kaNO Yumiko Kayukawa
Ken Keirns Dan May Martin Ontiveros Carlos Ramos Brent Nolasco
Okkle Lou Pimentel Reactor-88 Griselda Sastrawinata Mary Louise Silva
Tom Whalen        


 
Mayuko Fujino , Japan | www.planetplatonic.org
Mayuko is a Tokyo based - self taught - paper cutout artist
Yoko d'Holbachie

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Rabbit.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
The rabbit image comes to my mind first so I chose it.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
"White rabbit in Inaba" is a very familiar myth in Japan, so I worked on it remembering my childhood.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
Is this must be chosen from zodiac signs? If so I'd like to be a snake. Because it's sacred, the symbol of death/reborn. In Japan it also represent Water, that image attracts me.

 

kaNO , Queens NY USA | kanokid.com
kaNO is an animation artist who moonlights as an Illustrator/designer.
Mary Louise Silva

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Monkey.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
Darwin's Theory, I for one think it would be pretty cool if we did evolve from monkeys.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I experimented with different mediums while keeping my character designs within my style, the outcome is a new way to look at my work, stripped of certain regularities and introducing attention to a new focus, which is the line work of a drawing.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
If I could choose... I would still be a human, we kind of rule shit around here in case you haven't noticed.

 

Yoko d'Holbachie , Japan | www.dholbachie.com
Yoko is an illustrator hailing from Yokohama, Japan.
Yoko d'Holbachie

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Rabbit.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I was interested that a small rabbit was faster than the horse by the story of the zodiac.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I used the kanji pictographs.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
A boar. I was born in the Year of the Boar.

 

Mary Louise Silva , Seattle WA USA | marylouiseart.com
Mary Louise lives and makes her art in her Seattle studio with her boyfriend, Bugg puppy, and 6 -toed thumb cat.
Mary Louise Silva

What zodiac sign are you representing?
The Snake.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
Snakes have such beautiful form and movement.  The sign's description sounded  interesting almost ideal. After reading it, I wished I was the Snake sign instead the Horse sign.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
Paper on panel. It's painted in Gouache and ink. I wanted to challenge myself by limiting my palette, so I only used 3 colors.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
As far as the Chinese Zodiac goes, definitely the Snake. Otherwise, a bird or a bat because I want to be able to fly.

 

Stella Im Hultberg , Brooklyn NY USA | www.stellaimhultberg.com
Stella Im Hultberg is a painter living and working in Brooklyn, NYC.
Stella Im Hultberg

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Snake.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I chose it purely because of my fascination with its symbolism, unrelated to the actual zodiac sign.
it's the most ancient form of mythological animal, the most basic form of consumer (a tube that eats and excretes)
and also a symbol of the circle of life (or death).

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I didn't try to approach it as a zodiac symbol per se, but as a metaphor, and hopefully something of multiple facets implied within.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
Hmmm... i would like to be my cats - they seem to have an awesome life.

 

Andrew Bell , Brooklyn NY USA | www.creaturesinmyhead.com
Andrew Bell has some creatures in his head. Illustrator from Brooklyn New York.
Andrew Bell

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Snake!

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I enjoy drawing intertwining lines and forms, snake was a natural choice!

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I’m expanding on some of my recent pieces, taking my illustration style and adding some physical dimension with layers and cut paper. Works out great with snakes.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
Maybe a cat, those things have it made.

 

Dino Alberto , New York NY USA | www.anidlerobot.com
dino alberto is an idle robot...a freelance artist living in nyc.
Dino Alberto

What zodiac sign are you representing?
All of them.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I was indecisive...again.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
Just wanted to explore a different way to present the signs...hopefully it worked.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
Probably an octopus. they can fit into the smallest places and with all those tentacles i'm sure multi-tasking would be a lot easier. plus hugging is good...hugs are for keeps.

 

Carlos Ramos , USA | carloscharlesramos.blogspot.com
 
Carlos Ramos

What zodiac sign are you representing?
The Tiger. A tiger cub actually.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
It's an homage to my old cat, Otto.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
It's all about big cute heads.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
A monkey so I could hurl poop at my enemies.

 

 

Yumiko Kayukawa , Sapporo Japan | www.sweetyumiko.com
Yumiko's work blends fashion illustration, sharp iconic graphics, and meticulously rendered flora and fauna to create images that evoke a dreamy and enigmatically erotic tone.
Yumiko Kayukawa

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Tiger.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
Tiger is my favorite animal and it's the zodiac of this year.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
As the animal sign has 12 kind of animals, I wanted to celebrate people who born in the year of the tiger.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
A bird, the fruit eating kind. Easy to find food, and I can fly :)

 

Brent Nolasco , PA USA | brentnolasco.blogspot.com
 
Brent Nolasco

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Rat.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
Rats are interesting and mysterious. They are social outcasts and not highly reguarded.  They survive on trash and dwell in damp, dark crevasses.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I am redefining my style again this year. It's time to move on and explore the unknown and new possibilities.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
I wanna be a giant stingray because I like how they carelessly glide through the water.

 

Mike Davis , Minneapolis MN USA | www.twelvecarpileup.com
record wrecker / vector inspector
Mike Davis

What zodiac sign are you representing?
I'm a Dragon Capricorn.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I would have had to spend too much time justifying choosing an arbitrary animal VS the dragon from the year of my birth.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
There are a lot of different settings in which a dragon can exist - the traditional Chinese New Year's parade, the medieval Dungeons & Dragons situation, the SE Asian Buddhist temple, etc. I went with the latter as I've been really inspired by Thai and Lao architecture lately and felt they made for interesting visual jumping-off points. I created all of the artwork in Adobe Illustrator and had a run of screenprinted art prints produced by my talented team here at Burlesque.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
I'd like to alternate between being a giraffe and a shark every few days. If they could be fused together into some kind of ... girark... that would be great. Sign me up.

 

Okkle, West Midlands UK | www.okkle.co.uk
Okkle is a UK based artist, born and bred in the West Midlands who takes inspiration from toys, video games, kids tv, nature and wildlife.
Okkle

What zodiac sign are you representing?
The Cockerel, or Rooster, or Chicken...whatever you want to call it.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
Birds are cool and I thought it'd be a challenge.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I wanted to make something that looked like it came from the same world as my last piece.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
A Squirrel because they are awesome. Or maybe a Cat because they have it pretty sorted. Or a Ferret because they are awesome to. It's impossible for me to choose just one!

 

Dan May , Jacksonville FL USA | dan-may.com
Dan May is an artist living in Jacksonville, FL. He spends his days (and nights) painting dreamlike environments that transcend space and time. 
Dan May

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Tiger.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I thought it would best fit the type of work I'm currently producing. Plus, I thought it would be fun to paint a tiger!

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I chose to paint a 'portrait' of a glowing white tiger... possibly pondering his place in the world?

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
Hmmm, that's a tough one, probably a Jaguar. They seem to be mysterious and powerful creatures. 

 

Reactor-88 , Los Angeles CA USA | www.reactor88.com
Reactor-88 is the alter ego of Ryan Crippen- a web designer/digital artist by day, and a custom toy/traditional artist by night.
Reactor-88

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Rabbit.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
Rabbits are furry and soft- and everybody likes furry and soft things.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I gave the piece my "totem" style, but went with a more traditional Chinese/Asian color palette so it would tie in well with the show theme.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
I think I'd choose to be a Wombat because they're very cool, unique little animals that have no fear.

 

Martin Ontiveros , Portland OR USA | www.martinhead.com
 
Martin Ontiveros

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Dragon.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
It fits in with my usual themes. Metal, monsters, fantasy= Dragons. That, plus my son Felix was born in 2000, the year of the Golden Dragon.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
Same as always, just trying to kick ass and take names.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
A Werewolf, and I'd look like the ones in the Howling... but I wouldn't eat people.

 

Lauren Gregg , Athens GA USA | www.laurengregg.com
Lauren Gregg is a freelance illustrator who lives in Athens, GA and eats pizza frequently.
Lauren Gregg

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Goat.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
Goats are my favorite.  They are cute and slightly evil and have weird rectangles in their eyeballs.  I worked at a camp when I was younger that had two goats and they would knock over all the shorter kids and jump on people's cars and one time I saw one eat a 10 dollar bill!

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I always loved the goats on the little plaid hills in the Small World ride in Disneyworld.  This piece was definitely inspired by that memory.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
I would be a goat so I could eat a 10 dollar bill!

 

Lou Pimentel , Brooklyn NY USA | www.lou-pimentel.com
Lou Pimentel is an illustrator, painter, toy designer/customizer based out of Brooklyn, looking to take over the world by 2012.
Lou Pimentel

What zodiac sign are you representing?
I am doing the dragon.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I chose the dragon for 3 reasons, one because I was born in the year of the dragon, two because I have always been a huge fan of dragons, and three because they are pretty fun to draw and paint.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I've been approaching my work differently these day. When I tackle a painting now, what I do is build a diorama and make maquettes of the main characters. Then I set up my scene, and play with the lighting until I create the most dynamic image. I then use this as the reference for my painting. Lights and shadows is something that can't just be made up if you want to create a convincing painting.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
I wouldn't mind being some sort of majestic bird, like a huge hawk or eagle. I recently saw a video of an eagle strapped with a camera flying around and it was amazing. I have a fear of heights, but I think the ability to fly would cure that... I hope.

 

Dan Goodsell , Los Angeles CA USA | theimaginaryworld.com/page3.html
Dan Goodsell is an artist living in Los Angeles and the creator of the World of Mr Toast.
Dan Goodsell

What zodiac sign are you representing?
The Pig!

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I have always liked to draw pigs.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
Just did a few sketchbook drawings and this one was my favorite.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
Whale.  So mysterious and amazing.

 

Leontine Greenberg , Queens NY USA | www.leontinegreenberg.com
Leontine Greenberg is inspired by other people's flickr streams, city rooftops, the coming environmental apocalypse, and the children's book section of the Strand Bookstore.  She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens.
Leontine Greenberg

What zodiac sign are you representing?
The Goat.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I saw a great illustration of a goat in David Small's book "Duck on a Bike" and it made me really want to paint one.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I looked at goats and drew goats and thought about goats for a couple of weeks, and finally I came up with this painting.

If you could choose, what animal would you be and why?
Elephants are having a pretty hard time of it, thanks to us.  But if I could be an elephant and live with my elephant family in a time and place where we wouldn't be bothered by humans?  Then I would really love to be an elephant.

 

 
 



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