Koketit’s Abstract Line Drawings Merge Art, Fashion, And Photography
Israeli artist, designer, and illustrator Shira Barzilay, who goes by the artist name Koketit, creates abstract line drawings laid over photographs. Her distinct style celebrates the female form through the minimal outlines of women’s faces and bodies.
“Since a very young age, I was attracted to women’s faces and silhouettes,” explains Koketit to IGNANT. “As a child, I would draw many faces and fashion figures and color them in, and my sister and I played with them as if they were barbies”. Her love of fashion came about after receiving the Versace book as a gift. “It had amazing illustrations and I was instantly hooked.” Moving forward to the present day, fashion has allowed Koketit to explore style and beauty in a creative way through line drawing. “Over the years, I found myself becoming less figurative and more expressive, and maybe its maturity, but I’m finding meaning in a more minimalistic approach,” she explains. “That’s coming a long way from the ‘more is more’ aesthetic of Versace.” When asked if she is inspired by the abstracted line drawings of artists such as Picasso and Matisse, Koketit admits that she didn’t grow up with much knowledge of their works, yet has found there to be some influence over time. “On a recent trip to Barcelona, visiting the Picasso museum—it made me see that [Picasso] too went through a process of simplifying his work, becoming more expressive than figurative. I connect to that notion on a very deep level”.