Artist Spotlight – Sekiguchi ‘Aimi’ Aikumi

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Sekiguchi Aimi

Meet Sekiguchi Aimi – a multi-discipline artist living in the outskirts of Tokyo.  She is an accomplished dancer, singer, actress, and VRtual Artist who is regularly asked to make appearances to show off her talent.  Over the years, she has amassed a significant fan following on social media and cultivated a YouTube audience of more than 50,000 subscribers.

Aimi has been creating virtual art using her HTC Vive and Google’s Tilt Brush for the past six months and has created some amazing works.  Her subjects have included traditional Japanese imagery as well as pop culture characters like Marvel’s Deadpool.

Although her exploration into VR art is relatively new (as it is for most of us) she is no stranger to using creative technologies.  Since as early as 2014, she has worked with the 3Doodler, a hand-held filament extruder, to draw in three dimensions and has been recognized as a Master Doodler.

Her latest virtual reality work was inspired by a story going back to the Liang Dynasty:

Aimi is planning to kick off the new year with a solo VR art exhibition in Tokyo where people can experience her creations in virtual reality.  The venue will be set up with multiple virtual reality headsets to allow guests to step into the worlds Aimi has created.  She raised the funds for this project on a Japanese crowd funding site similar to kickstarter, and if you’re reading this before January 16th you can still contribute to the campaign.

You can see more of Aimi’s work on her VR Art Gallery portfolio page, by subscribing to her YouTube Channel, or following her on Instagram and Twitter.

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