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ARTIST FEATURE: Coco Star Sims

Interview of Coco Star Sims by Freya Bennett

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m Coco Star Sims, I live in Melbourne Australia. I love art, soft fabrics, cold weather, hot chocolate, Wayne’s World and the Beastie Boy’s. I love learning new things and finding new places. I am known to be a pretty sucky at answering my phone as I quite often end up adventuring around the city and getting completely lost in the best way. I like to wing it most of the time and there isn’t much that phases me, I try to look at everything in a positive light as I believe that feeling bad about something will only make the situation worse for myself and instead of dwelling on that baloney you might as well just go and either fix the situation or move on.

Now tell us a little bit about your artwork:

In my artwork I highlight topics which I feel most people tend to avoid and challenge what makes them a subject of Taboo. I expose the human body in a way that is not sexual and use these confrontational imagery to reflect the issues that I feel need to be recognized.

What made you want to draw women in the way you do?

I think that the expectations put upon women by the majority of society are baloney and I am so over only seeing certain body types in the media which makes all the other women that to fit into this specific bracket feel isolated. Rather than portraying the female form in the way the media does, I accentuate the areas which most women are taught to be ashamed to try and show how grouse we all are.

Your images are quite surreal, where do you get your inspiration from?

I find this a hard one to answer. It is hard to pinpoint what exactly inspires me, I usually think of the way I wish the world was and just reflect off of that in my unapologetic imagery. I try to take aspects from everyday like and level with people about real stuff and not be a douche about it.

If you could describe your work in three words, what would they be?

It’s hard to pin three words on my own artwork without feeling like a toolbag but I feel the three best words to describe my work would have to be; unapologetic, candid and fun.

What does feminism mean to you?

Equality. We all rock.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I don’t even know where I see myself next week let alone five years, but I would like to be making art whilst travelling, doing murals for restaurants and stores and making cool earrings or making t-shirts and undies. There are so many things I want to do and who knows where they will lead me

What has been the best reaction to your work?

I sold an artwork to a girl who was giving to her 70-year-old grandma who was apparently a big fan! She told me that she had shown her grandma some of the oriental work I had done and then she started browsing and at first was shocked by my somewhat ‘graphic’ work but then she decided she loved it! That was cool to know that someone who was brought up in a time where things were even more conservative was actually able to change their perspective and open their mind to something that would have been so foreign to them. That made me feel very warm inside.

Where do you go to relax?

When I am stressed I usually grab one of my smaller sketchbooks and a fine liner, stick my headphones in and just walk for a while and find somewhere nice to sit down and draw.

If you could collaborate with anyone, who  would it be?

This is such a hard one as there are so many people I want to work with!

I would love to collaborate with Perks And Mini (PAM). I would absolutely love to work with Amelia Pichard, Leon Karssen and David Shrigley.

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Coco Star Sims

Find Coco Star Sims on Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram.

Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. You can follow her on Instagram @thecinnamonsociety

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