Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein Loves Yoshitomo Nara’s Art


Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein, formerly one third of the riot grrrl band Sleater-Kinney, digs the art of Yoshitomo Nara so much she once wrote a short story, “Light My Fire,” inspired by one of the Japanese artist’s sculptures, according to the Huffington Post‘s “The Blog.”

“I went to this giant show that was an introduction to contemporary Japanese art called ‘Superflat’ [in 2001] and I was drawn to Nara’s work,” Brownstein told The Blog. “I loved the almost haunting but also very exhilarating juxtaposition between the child-like quality of his work and an almost punk rock fierceness — with a wisdom beyond their years, and the threat of mischief that’s just bordering on malevolence.

“His work spoke to me in a way where I thought about how adults underestimate kids all the time,” she continued. “When you are a child, you feel underestimated. And as an adult, you underestimate the power and the acuity or the abilities of children in certain ways, especially for them to have a dark side, a mischievous side. I wrote a little bit about that with ‘Light My Fire.'”

For more of the interview, head to The Blog.

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