CHANGING WHAT IT MEANS TO “WINK”
Wink also commissioned Aliume to create a painting for the Wink World logo. Wink requested that the work contain one open eye (to represent looking outwardly at the world with wide-eyed wonder) and one closed eye (to represent looking inwardly at the world of imagination). In this contest, a “wink” is more than just an indication that someone is kidding. It represents a hybrid world th’s part reality, and part imaginary and dream-like, just like Wink World.
Wink also requested that Aliume’s painting contain one raised hand (in gesture of irreverence). Wink feels that all artists must live in this duality between reverence and irreverence; On one hand, it is important artists to learn their craft and be grateful for the innovations and wisdom created by their artistic “elders”. Yet, it is equally important for artists to respect their own instincts, even if they run counter to existing traditions and norms. It takes a touch of defiance for artists to find their own voices.