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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