Katie Badenhorst’s large-scale vector works are a combination of fine arts and illustration, with strong line-work against rich colors and smooth gradients.
It is an aesthetic reflecting the beautiful, slick and glossy surface of contemporary Japanese animé, manga, and film.
Baudrillard defined popular culture as a simulacrum: a self-contained virtual world constantly in the process of re-inventing itself.
It is this virtual landscape which is the focus of Badenhorst’s work, it serves as a stage for her characters and defines their roles.
In this way her work goes beyond otaku culture to explore larger issues of orientalism, beauty and gender.