Ciou Brings Her "Cute and Scary" To Cotton Candy Machine

Cotton Candy Machine's gallery was packed last Saturday with folks eager to see the new exhibition featuring artists Ciou, Malojo, and Dima Drjuchin. Ciou made the journey all the way from her home in Toulouse for the event.

It's difficult to put into words the intricate beauty and detail that fill Ciou's mixed media works. You first may notice the doe-eyed girls accompanied by curious creatures - some with one eye, some with two eyes, while others have three.


Look a little longer and you'll start to make out the mesmerizing tattoo-like designs that adorn the girls' bodies along with the lively, colorful patterns that take the place of animal fur and scaly skin. These inhabitants of Ciou's "cute and scary" worlds are set against a backdrop of vintage texts that she has carefully selected.

Ciou was very excited at the opening and Cotton Candy Machine for a number of reasons. While she has exhibited at Cotton Candy Machine before, this marked her first time actually visiting New York City, and she was looking forward to hitting the museums, meeting other artists, and going to Coney Island.

The exhibition is rounded out with works by Malojo and Dima Drjuchin. Originally from Bayonne, Malojo made the journey with Ciou from Toulouse. Composed of varying shades of white, blue, and red on grayish paper, his captivating drawings look like reliefs that have been carved from stone. His influences range from comics and Walt Disney to Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch. Dima Drjuchin is a Brooklyn based painter and musician. His paintings appropriate familiar imagery such as the pyramid, heart, and wings to create "the new Incarnated Symbols of the Multiverse."

The exhibition is on view through May 4th. Be sure to stop by if you are in the NYC area.

A Bright Initiative

A big driver for maintaining Morphik's status as an independent company was to align its mission with social awareness. "Ever since Morphik was a seed of an idea, I knew I wanted it to be more than just an art-fashion company.  Doing social good was always at the back of my mind," said Christopher O'byrne, Morphik's Founder.  

Morphik launched A Bright Initiative, a donation program, in order to recognize organizations and charities doing inspiring work to benefit lives and make the world a better place.  Under A Bright Initiative, Morphik is giving 40% of all online sales to its partner organizations focused on various important causes.  "We as consumers have so much power. Right now, I think people are really into the idea of buying goods that appeal to their personal style and aesthetic tastes, and at the same time, are ethically solid. I love the idea of involving our customers in the program on such a level.  At the end of the day, it is their decisions that are bringing about real change," says Christopher.

At present, Morphik is working with groups based mostly in Los Angeles and New York City with a few peppered around the US.  "A Bright Initiative is still in its nascent stages. I am based in NYC and Christopher is out in LA.  We decided to start with our immediate networks, but hope to see the program expand." said Kate Murphy, Morphik's Art Director. "I've been here for about 7 years and have had great experiences with the local non-profit arts community.  There are some amazing organizations providing city residents with invaluable resources and services in areas such as arts and youth education," she continues.  The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) was one of the first to come on board. "I've had type 1 diabetes since I was a teenager so this one means a lot to me.  I'm extremely grateful that the JDRF is there to help others whose lives are challenged everyday by the disease." said Christopher.

Along with the JDRF, Morphik's partner organizations are Free Arts NYCArt Start, B.E.A.T. NYC, Art Studio World, The Retreat, and Color Me Empowered. To learn more, please visit: A Bright Initiative