"Silent For A Time"

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Illusory Somniloquy

A while back I did an interview for Taiwan's DPI magazine which is a great art magazine, featuring illustrators and artists from around the world. I recently received my issue in the mail and it is absolutely fantastic! I thought I would share a few images as well as a part of the interview. My thanks to Chiamin for including me in her beautiful magazine.

You called your blog an “obsolete world”. Also, “department” or “reminiscent” appeared in the titles of works. Would you share the main theme of your works with us? What’s the world you mainly depict in the works?
Obsolete World is a place that no longer exists. All of the inhabitants passed away quite some time ago. My work depicts a world on the brink of extinction. Many of the characters are trying to leave and therefore, escapism is a reoccurring theme in my work. The figures are generally on some sort of expedition or migration. Another common theme is reminiscing, as many of these creatures struggle to deal with the passing of loved ones. More than half of my paintings portray characters just sitting around observing their surroundings in a thoughtful manner. Where does one go when they cease to exist? Is it possible to find safety in a world that is falling apart? What will happen after we are all gone? I never really paint the same character more than once, as many of them are the last surviving members of their species.

How would you describe your art style? What influenced you the most to establish this art style? Also, what are the material you usually prefer to use? What’s the reason it attracts you?
I would describe my art as richly textured character based mixed media illustrations. I’m not exactly sure what category I fit into as far as style goes, but I pour a lot of emotion into these illustrations and I think they often come off as being rather melancholy. In the end, however, I prefer a mix of both humor and sadness. It is the delicate balance of these two things that drives me to create and this is ultimately what I would like for my work to represent. Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) is by far my greatest influence. I also find a lot of inspiration in nature. I prefer watercolor, charcoal, pastel, ink and powdered pigments as I find that they are great for depicting the intricacies I see in this world.

What’s your favorite works so far? Or which work is the most special for you, and why?
I have many favorite works, but I adore “Mysterious Species Conservation” both for its title and subject matter. I am in the process of writing and illustrating a book of short stories based on this piece. As I said earlier in this interview, Obsolete World is a dying civilization. This work represents the conservation efforts of these endangered creatures.