1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
My name is Yeh Yi-Jou and I use “michun” as my artist name. Born in Taiwan in 1983, I grew up with my grandparents in the countryside of south Taiwan and Yunlin county due to my parents’ divorce. My father was used to returning home to visit me routinely on the weekend, and during the summer/ winter vacations, I visited my maternal grandmom’s house in Taipei to stay with my mother. The time I stayed either of the two places in one year was about half and half.I liked to draw since I was little and learned all the way till I grew up.Now I’ve worked as a freelance illustrator for more than 4 years.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
I like those illustrations on second-hand books, such as some old magazines or movie posters. I like pigment marks and creases.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
Recently I like acrylic pigment, the quick dry character can keep up with the flowing images of my brain. But it fails often, and I am always needing to draw plenty of them, and then select some successful works from them. I’m used to retaining lots of strokes and marks when I’m practicing the way of light coating.
4. What is your artistic process like?
Travel is the source of my muse. It can jump off the current life as playing another role and can observe everything from another angle. I use the receipts, tickets or garbage on the ground to be my drawing papers, scribble with a ball-point pen, which helps me to fast catch and collect the moments of everything. After coming home and marinating, I will remake a new image through the documents. Although I use acrylic a lot presently, I still like to play with different media such as collage and watercolor.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
All aspects of my life. Collecting second-hand books, watching movies and exhibitions, or taking a walk, or staying home alone…There are always a lot of images that I would like to preserve in my life.The artists who I like and aspire are Luc Tuymans, Jockum Nordström and Firenze Lai.
我從生活中各方面擷取靈感，蒐集二手書、電影、展覽或只是散步，一個人溺在家裡…等，生活中總是有很多畫面是我想封存下來的。喜歡與嚮往的藝術家有Luc Tuymans、Jockum Nordström、黎清妍(Firenze LAI)
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
When I was younger, I thought making art is like digging my inside world out, and letting other people watch me. In one period, I doubted the meaning of the way and thought I just threw lots of junk out and made lots of garbage. But that time is already passed. Now, art transforms into the way of self-healing for me. Sometimes I think it’s really a blessing I can draw, or I might become depressive and irritated. Now my feeling about my life and work is—-those things some people think useless, others treasure, and vice versa. So don’t let other people shake your values, and don’t let other people decide your worth. If there is something you treasure, let them be more valuable.
7. Where did you study?
I majored in oil painting in Taipei National University of the Arts before.
學生時代在台北藝術大學( Taipei National University of the Arts，TNUA )主修油畫。
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I feel now I’m having the life that I want. It doesn’t mean perfect, sometimes I still have struggles between reality and dream, but who isn’t like this? I guess it will be a real blessing if I still can be a freelance illustrator after 5 years. My personality is loving to do challenging things and going to various places! It is my style!
9. What about in ten?
I wish I could have a dog, it’s always been my childhood dream. But now I still have no ability to take responsibility for a life, though I hope I can do it in 10 years.And, I wish I can go to different countries to have exhibitions or travel during the next 10 years.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
I wish my own work could comfort other people the way they comfort me, that’s enough.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
Like many girls, I like sweets. When I coat very thick acrylic pigment on the canvas, it just looks like sugar icing or ice cream, especially the color white. Perhaps it’s the reason why I’m used to painting with acrylic pigment?! Ha ha….
12. Favourite book?
I have no favorite book, just according to the different period and mood. Some of the books I can only read half of. But I have a favorite movie. Sometimes I played Jacques Demy’s musical film while I was drawing. Very beautiful color.
13. Favourite genre of music?
Recently I listen to the bands ”The Dø” and the Taiwanese band “No Party For Cao Dong”. I’m not sure about the music style.
14. What are your hobbies?
I watch all kinds of movies, travel, take walks, and make handcrafts.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
There was a period I wanted to quit making art, but later in my life, art still slowly came back to me. I think I can’t choose what I want! It’s the only thing I can do.