Born in Tokyo and now a New York resident, Ai Kijima graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. She collects fabrics with motifs of popular cartoon, comic, TV-series and movie characters, then fuses them into colorful cartoonscapes that are too sexy and subtly violent to be within our individual emotional comfort zones. Kijima claims to express a universal viewpoint with her quilted textile collages. She does not explicitly show her Japaneseness and would rather remain anonymous.

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