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Interview with Holli Pitsch

Date Posted: 2009-06-05

Wisconsin artist Holli Pitsch moved to Okinawa in August 2008 when her husband, a physician, was transferred to Camp Schwab. During June, an exhibition of her work entitled “Fractured Fairy Tales & Vinyl Graffiti” will be on show at Cotonoha Artspace + Café in Ginowan City. 

Japan Update met with Holli to talk about her art, and her new life here in Okinawa. 
What media do you usually work with? 

“When creating works of art I draw, paint, and collage onto various materials from old children’s books to album record covers. I use ink, acrylics, chalk, pastels, pretty much anything I can get my hands on.” 

How would you describe the pieces you will be showing? 

“My art is playful, colorful and childlike, but also weird, awkward and twisted. I hope people find them fun, and they get everyone excited about the art of creating. 

Which artists were you inspired by when learning your craft? 

“I’ve always really liked Alexander Calder and Richard Tuttle. Calder in particular was able to create wonderful works of art that were both playful and interactive.” 

Has the move to Japan influenced you? 

“I’m really interested in the cute side of Japan, how they can make even road safety signs cute by having a smiling goya wearing a seatbelt. I’m also fascinated by more traditional Japanese art such as prints by Toyokuni and Sharaku. 

We live up in the north of Okinawa, and the landscapes surrounding us are so peaceful and calm. The colors, fantastic sunrises, and natural beauty are all so inspiring. 

I’d like to become part of the art community in Okinawa, to both share my work with others, and experience the talents of the many other artists on the island. 

What would you like visitors to experience from your work? 

“Whether or not you just look at it and laugh, or see some deeper meaning in it, I hope anyone can appreciate and enjoy it.” 

Holli’s exhibition will be on show at Cotonoha Artspace + Cafe from Friday 5 of June to Saturday 4, July. Cotonoha is located on route 330 in Ginowan, two kilometers south of Futenma Shrine. More details about the exhibition along with directions can be found at www.cotonoha.com.

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