Susi Kenna And Mei Kawajiri’s Nail Art History
When Susi Kenna and Mei Kawajiri decide to do nail art, they do a helluva lot more than determine which pink will go with their outfit. Kenna is the co-chair of the Junior Associates of MoMA while Kawajiri is a professional nail artist based in New York City, and the two have put their artsy heads together to come up with nail art history.
Based on the works of iconic artists, Kenna draws up the designs for the nail art while Kawajiri handles the painting with the precision of a surgeon. The pair’s decorative hobby began in 2012 when Kenna had Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat painted on her nails and it didn’t take long for it to find favour with nail and art history fans alike. In an interview with The Creators Project, Kenna said the idea is just an extension of her interests: “I’ve always loved art, design, and technology, and this project provides me the ongoing opportunity to bring it all together.”
Her nail art is inspired by the works of Alma W. Thomas, Keith Haring, Josef Albers, the Memphis Group, Pablo Picasso, George Condo and more. See how her and Kawajiri’s pieces size up to the originals below.
Lead image: Designed by Susi Kenna. Hand-painted by Mei Kawajiri. Inspired by the Memphis Group.