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Hello Busc! Interview and kokeshi doll sneak peak

Busc, a.k.a. Andy Lam is an emerging artist who will be participating in this year’s Kokeshi Exhibit at JANM from July 11 to October 4, 2009. His awesome kokeshi dolls will be there. Check it out!


First off, what does your name Busc mean?

The name Busc is derived from the first four letters of the last name of my favorite actor, Steve Buscemi. Mr. Buscemi is well known for always playing roles as the unstable minded or peculiar characters on tv or film. I feel that my characters fit well with his hollywood persona. Therefore, Busc was born.


Can you tell us a bit about your kokeshi dolls and your inspiration behind them?

Chloe & Sebastien started as a simple sketch in my sketchbook who were just dying to be brought to life into our universe. They are forest friends who come from a world far beyond the unimaginable. Chloe is a happy-go-lucky gal who always travel with Lance, her blind (but happy) fish. Sebastien, a more serious, mysterious, and odd looking fellow, collects wood stumps in hopes of building something “marvelous”. Together and united, they journey alongside each other to explore the wonders of the world and to find the true meaning of life. Chloe is also secretly part-time bipolar. Sebastien is 42 years old.


How long did it take for you to complete them?

It took me about a week (working on and off) to bring the pair to life. However, Chloe & Sebastien find it controversial that they were created from “sculpey”. They tend to ponder whether their existence was from (a) third galaxy evolution or (b) the father, the man, the “wonder” up there.

The characters you create in your art work are so distinct. Who are they and where do they come from?

I have always been drawing strange characters ever since my childhood days. They come from a tropical colored vortex in my mind that spits out random oddities. My characters are usually outcasts of the world, but despite their suffering (but gifted) differences, they tend to live in an optimistic world without hate, fear, or guilt.


Thanks Busc!

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