Sashiko Yuen aka Wishcandy is one of my favourite artists. It's impossible not to like her whimsy-fueled, slightly disturbing, pastel-hued artwork. It's a wonderful world full of bright patterns, bubble gum and cotton candy, but also features blood, tears and bruises, so it's quite an epitome of girlhood. Donuts, confetti, lollipops, kitsch bows, candy floss coloured hair, quirky girls... I am marvelled at how inspiring this stuff is! These illustrations are, essentially, a one-way ticket to a trippy Wonderland, creating portraits of imaginary, edgy pin-up-esque rebel girls.
This young artist is currently located in LA and describes her work as "a sassy candy-coated horror show. It's full of compassion, eroticism, violence, and the search for true freedom. Inspired by retro culture, street fashion, kitsch, beauty, and the grotesque. (...) My work is a double-edged sword. It's bright, colorful and fun but it tackles darker subjects. I enjoy exploring both the beautiful and the grotesque. They're not mutually exclusive.". I couldn't agree more.