Why did you pick this picture?
The work is one of my favourites because it captures two of my favourite mythical characters I created a few years ago who both are incredibly independent, talented and down right kick ass!
Where did the idea for this art come from?
‘Unapologetic’ was created at a time when I realised I had apologised one too many times, made one too many excuses and compromised for others repeatedly, which led to the neglect of my own health and well being. The characters shown in the image are named Tiny Dancer and her protective fury friend FuwaFuwa. Tiny Dancer was never intentionally created as an alter ego, but whether I want to admit it or not she kind of is a little BK DIECI.
What does this art mean to you?
‘Unapologetic’ is a constant reminder to myself to remain honest, raw and strong no matter what is happening in my life. This is heavily reflected in a lot of my work, which at times is rather dark and has moments where I am lost within the pain caused by my autoimmune diseases colitis, celiac and Hashimotos. This in turn can cause bouts of depression and anxiety. I learned as a child to drive my consciousness into dream states to escape reality and continued to do so throughout my life during these low times, which is where the psychedelic, surreal and mythical components come into my work.
What can you tell us about yourself?
Going by the pseudonym BK DIECI, I am an emerging artist working across a variety of mediums including painting, illustration, textiles and digital media. My work is saturated with sexual undertones, mythical creatures, exotic environments and human flesh within psychedelic worlds that delve into my own precarious fantasies. Amid the furore of vibrant colours are dark, sinister nuances harnessed in dripping bodily fluids, bloody tear stains, disjointed limbs and appropriated faces.
Inspired by natural environments, wildlife and the associated patterns derived from their forms I combine these with my obsession of pop culture. From living among the quirky streets of Tokyo that ooze colour, sexuality and disdain for the ordinary to the intricacies of western comic book characters, hyper-real fantasies and video games. Currently my artistic practice investigates themes pertaining to perfection, gender and my own personal experience with autoimmune diseases. I utilise fantasy genre as a means to surpass language and culture in an attempt to convey these psychedelic scenes.
What more can you tell us about your art?
My art is always evolving and as a result changing from work to work. Some of the characters remain similar, but their forms, colours and textures change on a frequent basis. I love to experiment, absorb new concepts and as a result am constantly challenging myself to create new work. Nothing is ever what it seems!
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