Miki Kuo

Picturing Pān-toh

Miki Kuo is a Taiwanese illustrator based in New York. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, and her work has been included in magazines such as Creative Quarterly.

Kuo’s Sketchbook visualizes the beauty of the dishes prepared for a Pān-toh, the traditional Taiwanese roadside banquet. “I put the chef’s art into illustrations in the hope I can connect hundreds and thousands of people with art as the chef does with food,” Kuo tells Zócalo.

To achieve the organic look of her illustrations, Kuo takes her digital drawings, prints them out on a Risograph printer, a high-volume color copier that uses ink instead of toner, and then rescans the prints. Risograph printers, which originated in the 1980s, produce prints that are recognizable by their grainy, but vibrant colors that are often slightly out of register, giving the work a rougher look than modern offset printing. In recent years, many old units have been modified into networked printers and have become popular with artists and designers.


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