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ArtTalk: Art invites us to use our imaginations like children do

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
This sculpture is a child's imagination coming alive. The main materials used are clay and origami, which are things children use in play.

This is part of a project called ArtTalk, which aims to highlight and celebrate local art and artists. To submit one yourself, fill out the form at the bottom of the story.

This story was contributed by Missourian reader Sumire Taniai, who is working on a bachelor of fine arts degree at MU.

Q: What kind of art do you create? Tell us about your medium and style.

A: I mainly work with oil paint. On my upcoming exhibition, both my paintings and sculptures will be featured.

Q: What is it that inspires you? And why do you create art?

A: I'm inspired by seeing other artists work. When I'm feeling unmotivated, taking some time off and watching other artists working or visiting galleries will make me go right back to what I was working on. I create because visual art is my means of communication with people. If words can communicate what I'm trying to say, there is no use of going through all the troubles to create work. Creativity is the celebration of differences.

Q: Can your work be found around the community (or has it been in the past)? If so, where?

A: My work has been in Orr Street Studios, Columbia Art League, and 2013 Boone County Art Show. I have an upcoming solo exhibition called "IMAGINATIVE PLAY" at Craft Studio Gallery, located in the basement of Memorial Union at MU. The show will run from June 9-20. Come see me on reception day, June 12 from 4-6 p.m.!

Recently, important unsupervised play time, during which young children often use their imagination to play, is being replaced more and more by studies, competitive sports and video games. Although these are important for a child's development, adults often forget to let children use their imagination.

"IMAGINATIVE PLAY" will present paintings and sculptures taken from the imagination of children. Examples are attached to this story. Large 30" x 40" oil paintings illustrate children's unique interactions with the toys. Sculptures made out of foam and covered with paper mâché are colorfully painted and take on a fun 3D world.

Q: What sets you, or your work, apart from other artists?

A: I create artworks that people can connect emotionally with. With hundreds of artworks that they see every day online, in galleries and on streets, I try to make art that will be remembered by the viewers.

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