Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Six of the Best, Part 16

Part 16 of an interview series in which I invite artists to respond to six questions about art, process, and creativity  (Part 1Part 2Part 3,Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10Part 11Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15). Today's artist is Hazel Ang, a Canadian-born illustrator who now lives and works in Germany.


Philip Hartigan: What medium/media do you chiefly use, and why?

Hazel Ang: From 9 am to 6 pm I mainly use the computer, as I make vector illustrations, technical drawings, product renderings, and infographics for my day job. For my own personal projects I use acrylics, colour pencils and ink, and oils on paper or wood. It basically depends on what the piece calls for.

Philip Hartigan: What piece are you currently working on?

Hazel Ang: I’m working on a self portrait, as well as a sketchbook series of visually narrative illustrations exploring my current fixation on the” Kitsune” myth. I also came across some really wonderful packing material, so something has to come of that as well. I am not sure what yet, but maybe I will surprise myself!


Philip Hartigan: What creative surprises are happening in the current work?

Hazel Ang: I am often tempted to move away from two-dimensional work. The temptation is killing me! It’s like there is someone whispering naughty things in my ear: “Sculpture…paper…paper sculpture." This is where the newly-acquired packing material might come into play.

Philip Hartigan: What other artistic medium (or non-artistic activity) feeds your creative process?

Hazel Ang: A pleasant smelling room, clean air. Music by Chopin, and Brahms. Nature. 


Philip Hartigan: What's the first ever piece of art you remember making?

Hazel Ang: A circus parade . Done old school, with caged tigers and lions, baton twirlers, and brass band. Oh gosh, maybe I should revisit this piece!

Philip Hartigan: Finally, and you can answer this in any way that's meaningful to you: why are you an artist?

Hazel Ang: Because I am an explorer by nature, and art is the perfect vehicle for that.

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