The fascination of whimsy

What's the story behind Tina Wu's whimsical sculptures on

Does this sculpture from Tina Yu belong in PCD’s whimsy week? “I used to collect Barbies when I was little and growing up I was always fascinated with unique and one-of-a-kind ball jointed dolls,” says Tina.

She is a Chinese-raised New York-based artist/designer who studied graphic design at Pratt Institute. This twenty-something admits that even though she often spends up to nine hours a day working on her sculptures, she doesn’t plan out what she will do beforehand.

Whimsy is defined as extravagant,¬†fanciful, playful, or odd. Her works surely check off those boxes. And she has hundreds of thousands of followers. She’s struck a nerve and amassed an enthusiastic following on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and elsewhere.

How do you explain the fascination of this whimsy?

  • reply Laurie Mika ,

    This is why I love PCD…..introducing us to people like Tina who I didn’t know existed! Fascinated by her work and whole persona ….and not surprised by her huge following. Something very compelling about what she does that made me spend a long time on her Instagram page this morning!!! Thank you for highlighting artists like this!

    • reply Lorrene Baum-Davis ,

      Wow, all I can say is WOW! So much talent in this woman. Looking forward to watching her growth. Thanks, Cynthia.

      • reply LaLa Ortiz ,

        Thank you so much for sharing! I love Tina Yu! I’m always so thrilled to see sculptural polymer featured on PCD!

        • reply Peg Harper ,

          “While visions of sugarplums danced in her head.”

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