Artists that Inspire Me: Ai Kijima

Ai Kijima was born and raised in Tokyo and currently lives in Brooklyn. She attended the School of the Art Institute in Chicago for her BFA and eventually her MFA. She fuses and machine quilts recycled materials like fabric remnants and bed sheets to create collages that appear bright and fun but upon further examination have a dark comment on the commodification and globalization of culture. Here use of Disney imagery is similar to Arturo Herrera's early work.
**Image Credit: Night Is Young, 2005(bottom) and Burn It Up, 2006 (top)