Interview with artist Junko Shimizu
We pulled Junko away from the maddening crowds at her recent show at Graphite Gallery in Williamsburg to ask a few questions:
Hola Junko! A lot of your art is focused around young girls playing and exploring their surroundings. Are these girls little Junkos?
Hahaha yes they are little junkos. They are all based on my experiences I had in the elementary school in Japan.
You’ve lived in Japan, Honduras, and New York – which one do you like best?
I like them all. They are all different and beautiful.
For all the young painters and drawers out there – how do you get your own gallery show? Is it all who you know?
Well, I’d like to think that my works get my own gallery shows… you know what I mean?
Sure. What’s in the future for Junko?
Hmm… Live in Mexico to discover the best tacos in the world… yup.
Where is your favorite place to get a taco?
I like a small Mexican place in Brooklyn, on Broadway around Marcy Ave. I don’t know the name of the place. I recommend tostadas. It is fried tortilla with salad and your favorite toppings on top. Also Mexican restaurants in Sunset Park are awesome.
We’ll check it out Junko.