Maiko Kikuchi

She Sells Seashells in Her Dream, 2022

Colored pencil and acrylic on printed paper

Mixed Media45.7 x 45.7 x 2cmShips from United States of America


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About the Artist

Maiko Kikuchi (b.1983, Japan) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is Influenced by her psychoanalyst father. Maiko became interested in the boundary between dreams and reality. When she was little, she started creating based on the idea of making “visible daydreams”. She received her B.A in Theater Arts and Fashion Design from Musashino Art University in 2008, and soon after, she moved to the United States to study fine arts, receiving an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Pratt Institute in 2012. Maiko lives and works in New York, USA.

About the Artwork

This work is inspired by a famous English tongue twister:

She sells seashells by the seashore, The shells she sells are seashells, I’m sure. So if she sells seashells on the seashore, Then I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

I like tongue twisters because it’s nonsense and that nonsense gives me room to imagine. “Where is the seashore? Who is she?” I made this work as if I collaged the pieces of a dream on this imaginary seashore.