1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
Hello, I am Weien, I am born and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan.
I love arts and started to draw since I was a child. In my childhood, most of the adults are not really respectful towards artists or children who are interested in art but I focus on training myself on art in the past twenty years, now I finished an MA Illustration degree in the UK and become a freelance illustrator!
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
I am interested in using sequential imagery to tell stories about contemporary society. My narrative themes focus on social issues, in particular, inequality in society. The stories I create highlight cultural inequalities both in eastern and western societies.
I prefer to use beautiful and sometimes decorative imagery to communicate darker and sinister narratives, subverting our expectations and stereotypes of contemporary society.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
Now I mostly use colour pencils and digital drawings, recently I would like to try to use acrylic, oil paint or intaglio printing for my creation.
4. What is your artistic process like?
When I have an idea of an image or a story, I would use a pencil to quickly draw the images in my head, and I will do some research for my work, searching on the Internet or in the library, go to the library to find something that could support my concept, and also visit some related museum and exhibition. When I finished my work until eighty percent, I will discuss with a few of my friends, who really understand my works, collect and absorb their advice, and then finish my work.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
My parents and elder sisters are all doing medical works, when they analyze an event or a story, they will be based on some foundations or scientific facts. The way of how I think and create is magnificently influenced by them, therefore it is the reason why I prefer to use a realistic story structure.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
I am very lucky that my parents bring me to Europe to visit lots of great art museums when I was a child. By the time I understand how did good arts affect and heal people’s minds and hearts. I also meet some nice and patient art teacher by the age I start to draw, creating an environment for me that is full of freedom and comfortable in my childhood. By the time I also find out I am good at creating images instead of other things.
For me, Art is to get rid of the meaningless rules and values that I think are meaningless and create a world in which I use my perspective to tell stories.
7. Where did you study?
I major in Product Design at Ming Chuan University in Taiwan, and have an MA Illustration degree at University for Creative Arts in the UK.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I would have a stable income and more mature skills in creating.
9. What about in ten?
I hope by the time, I still have lots of ideas for making beautiful and touching illustrations to the audience.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
When I am a teenager, I needed to take lots of tests and exams for preparing to go to university, because I am not good at studying, so it is a difficult time for me.
After I went to a design college and an illustration graduate school, and start to draw again, I gain some recognition from myself and others through artistic creation, I felt very fulfilled and lucky. If I could be a successful artist, I hope that other children who like art like me can have more confident decisions about their future choices.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
Thai food is my favorite, Italian food is my second place.
12. Favourite book?
Osamu Dazai’s novel ‘No Longer Human’ is my favorite. The author has unreservedly shown that the protagonist wants to survive, but his weak personality makes him unable to succeed and always failed. I admire the way how the author tells the story.
13. Favourite genre of music?
I prefer to listen to songs which could make me felt relaxed and cheerful. Scott McKenzie’s ‘San Francisco’ is my favourite song.
我偏好正面輕鬆愉快，聽了會振奮的歌曲，Scott McKenzie的＜San Francisco＞是我最喜歡的歌。
14. What are your hobbies?
I like to research the different ways of makeup, dressing and hairstyling. I used to dress up prettily and went out with my photographer friends to shoot some nice pictures, but now I need to concentrate on my work. However, if I have time to have a little break to go outside, I will still deck out in my best style.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I will like to do a job which could communicate with other people, such as being a dancing or acting performer, being a chef who could practice how to make lots of nice cuisines would also be nice!