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Qimmy Shimmy

Updated: May 29, 2020

What is your identity as a creative?

I am a sculptor of all things creepy-cute! People think I am into horror or gory stuff (my friends send me weird stuff/links online all the time!), but the truth is that I have never survived through a single horror film in my life!

How are you currently feeling about the global pause?

It is a good time to take things a little slower, be more in touch with my thoughts and feelings, and also to think about the world that is much bigger than myself.

I am quite lucky that I am not too affected, I still have my job, a roof over my head, my loved ones are safe and healthy, but not many people are that lucky.

Where do you get the creative influence and inspiration to make work that is simultaneously creepy and beautiful; reimagining body parts as edible treats?

I get my inspiration from the everyday! A huge part of my work is in taking the familiar, everyday object, and turning it into something surprising and strange! Therefore I am always on a lookout for something that can potentially become my next work. I am a very visual person so I am easily drawn to beautiful textures, colours and forms.

Long term, how do you think this will affect the industry?

The economy has been greatly affected by this pandemic, and we are not seeing the full damage yet. I think the effect of it on arts and culture will be huge too and will take a long while to recover.

But you know the saying, “Bad times make great art”? I think it is about accepting the reality and seeing how you can contribute as a creative, how you can comfort and heal the world with kindness, hope, and imagination.