Pik-Kunstig is the online portfolio of digital artworks created by Anike Kirsten. She uses Krita as her preferred program, run on Linux, and she explores everything possible and impossible within the speculative realms including but not limited to science fiction, fantasy, surrealism, weird fiction, and horror.

What Does Pik-Kunstig Mean?

Pik-Kunstig” is a combination term in Afrikaans, a language born in South Africa. The term combines “pik” which means “pitch” as in pitch black, used as an adjective, and “kunstig” which means “artistic”. The combination, while grammatically incorrect for Afrikaans, is a Kirsten family speech mannerism using “pik” as the adjective for any concept whatsoever as opposed to the correct adjective that would normally be placed before the word.

In sum, “pik-kunstig” may be thought to translate to “very artistic” but that would be an incorrect use of the word. It is used to express the being of artistic nature rather than the merely the skill or talent of the artist, or even the appeal of the artwork itself. The idea to use this term for Anike’s online portfolio was given and encouraged by her spouse, Nic. This was not as a show of appreciation nor affection, as such things aren’t sentimental to either of them, but as a form of crude Afrikaans humour. An inside joke, if you will, laden with sarcasm but not at all rude. It’s a Kirsten thing, really.

About Anike Kirsten

Anike Kirsten lives in the dead centre (or there about) Karoo of South Africa with her two spawns, spouse, cat, and five arachnids. She spends her days imagining, reading, painting, and writing SF and other speculations of the probably-not-probable. She doesn’t let her aphantasia get in the way of this, using images and videos as references for her lacking brain. Fragments of her imagination have, as a result of her creative endeavours, been scattered across the as yet unknown worlds.

She takes influence from great artists such as Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Rodney Matthews, Luis Royo, Salvador Dali, and Frank Frazetta, all of whom she has studied and incorporated what she has learnt into her art.

First Contact

Some say she may be alien, or at least act that way, but really she’s just another carbon-based life-form, built with DNA and RNA, sharing the same blood phenotypes as the human population, and carrying XX chromosomes. Nothing at all strange with that.

If you would like to contact Anike, please fill in the contact form linked and she’ll respond as soon as possible.