Kawaii for Kids: The Art of Ami Suma
“George, I wish you’d look at the nursery” begins Ray Bradbury’s cautionary tale of childhood imagination, The Veldt. In true Bradbury fashion, technology runs amok at the mercy of the children’s subconscious, manifesting virtually everything they wish for and horrifyingly, more than the parents bargained for. Although the story left me a bit scarred and ironically, a sucker for Cronenberg films, it also reflected my more optimistic belief in the thin slip of reality where a blank bedroom wall could easily dissolve into a technicolor world of fantasy.
Artist and muralist, Ami Suma, also transforms blank canvases into candy-colored dimensions with her kawaii-style menagerie. Suma enlivens kids’ bedrooms with vibrant creatures that, thankfully would sooner cuddle with you than cobble you up under a hot, savannah sun. Ami is also a freelance fashion writer living in New York City. Inspired by the likes of animator, Hayao Miyazaki, Ami also assures me (and other children) that what lies beyond your walls is really a welcoming wonderland.