Singaporean artist Qixuan Lim poses next to cans containing the tiny heads, arms, and legs of the Cherubic fetus or other parts of the human body which she sculpted with clay and cosmetic paint in Singapore on October 26, 2019. Photo taken on 26 October 2019. REUTERS / Joseph Campbell
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – At first glance, the works of Singaporean artist Qixuan Lim have a familiar and edible appearance.
But looking closer at the sardine can – and it's full of little human hearts made of cherub mud, arms and legs, or other parts of the human body.
“I think my art has always been about combining things that people find traditionally funny, but with a darker touch and a darker element,” says Lim, who is known for her social media accounts and her. fans like QimmyShimmy.
"There is still a lot of aesthetics and beauty ideas attached to our perceptions of what beauty is."
The 28-year-old studied in the Netherlands are now full-time information designers. She first showed her work in 2017 while still a student. Since then, her Instagram account, where she posts photos of her art, has attracted over 100,000 followers.
Now in Singapore, Lim describes herself as a part-time artist. She has no studio but creates most of her work in her bedroom. She uses the oven in the kitchen as an oven.
Despite her modest production facilities, her macabre works continue to attract fans, and she recently exhibited her creations in a gallery in Japan where “hauntingly cute” is a trend in pop culture.
"This work is free of stereotypes," said gallery visitor Mako Kudo. "It gives us a new perspective, different from what we normally see."
The Tokyo exhibition, called “Modern Panic,” featured a series of sushi rolls filled with baby heads and nigiri topped with eyeballs and brains.
Report by Joseph Campbell; Additional reporting by Akira Tomoshige; Edition by Simon Cameron-Moore
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