UKIYO. The word conjures images of the lives of Japanese courtesans and the nobility, a life of excess and luxury. Or it can mean ‘sorrowful world.’ A ‘transitory world.’ An implication of a separate, illusory reality. A staging place for the afterlife.
Author and illustrator Carl Polkovitz’s UKIYO centers on an existence based on varying perceptions. Hallucinatory visuals tell a tale inspired by the rapidly advancing technologies of today’s social media and global economic interconnectivity. UKIYO is a study in non-linear storytelling, drugs, online personas, and obsession.
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