Ai-Da looks up from her worktable as I walk into her studio, locking eyes with me over her pencil and paper. She’s wearing a navy dress with a chevron pattern across the chest, and brown hair framing her expressive face. “I am glad you’ve come to visit me, ” she says, speaking in a slow, slightly stilted manner. This newcomer to the arts world has already attracted a lot of attention, with significant international appearances and sales exceeding a million This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 47 Correction: The Starving Artist Bad times don’t always make for good art. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Rachid Koraïchi Meet the Algerian artist building cemeteries. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Simone Bodmer-Turner Meet the artist throwing clay a curveball. Arts & Culture Issue 46 Studio Visit: Yoko Kubrick In the studio with a sculptor of monuments and mythologies. Arts & Culture Issue 46 Peer Review Upcycle designer Laurs Kemp on the influence of mid-century salvage artist Louise Nevelson. Arts & Culture Issue 43 Space Invaders Room dividers from a Roman studio.