As the final days of President Obama’s term comes to an end, we’re going to miss the bounty of endearing photos that come from his time in office. His charisma shines in the images captured by official White House photographer Pete Souza, who has also snapped pictures of the rest of the Obama family. From these photographs, it’s clear that the President and the First Lady are still as smitten as the day they first met.
Berlin, Germany-based artist Moki finds inspiration in Japanese artist Hayao Miyazaki’s work (Spirited Away) as well as in nature. Her acrylic paintings are filled with images of northern landscapes or as she describes more specifically as “isolated Scandinavian and Icelandic terrain, a subarctic frozen lake continent, untouched caves and moss meadows, and mountains sculpted into anatomical shapes by wind and water.” Moki merges humans with nature, cloaking them in lush green meadows or a calm sea of water.
When asked why she combines humans with nature, Moki said, “The beings disappearing in my paintings illustrates the state of mind when you cannot distinguish between you and the other, that feeling of awareness for what surrounds you. Chinese philosopher Zhang Zhou wrote about the Zhuangzi butterfly in one of his books, “Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn’t know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi.”
Many of Moki’s works can be found in her second book, a 128-page hardcover called How to Disappear. It’s filled with 66 color illustrations as well as 33 black and white ones. You can find out more about it at Ginko Press.
“If i could give one piece of advice to myself now, I would tell myself to take a long walk in nature. Often you disappear in your work and thoughts, so you forget all about the other things.”