i have come to dread the question that comes after i say, "i'm an artist" to a new acquaintance.
wait for it....here it comes....
"oh....(long pause)...so what kind of art do you make?"
i'm never really sure if people want a simple answer, e.g. painter or sculptor, or if they'd like the long-winded true version, or if they are just being polite and trying to fill an awkward social moment. (i don't think i've asked an accountant what kind of accountant they are, have you?).
i am finding it harder and harder to simply pick up a brush and work on a canvas in the traditional way. i put down my oil painting brushes years ago when first pregnant. in its stead, i taught myself egg tempera, falling in love with this traditional medium. however, painting is beginning to feel like a closed loop of semi-abstract references - beautiful, current, seductive - and totally different than the realism i enjoy muddling through. the post-truth world has pushed me into a more surreal, interactive bend, and i am trying to feel my way into the dark matter of the art world with ink, illustration, digital media, animation, sculpture, installation, textiles...all of that and more.
virtuallyours, ink on paper, janet wang 2017.
while not a painter anymore, at least not solely, this medium is never far from my practice: the way i ideate or the way i disseminate my work is still influenced by the layering, the underpainting, the build up that is used in painting. 2018 is looking to continue this trajectory as the ten different things project kicks off. i've proposed to create a site-specific toile pattern, looking at the impact of development on our sense of identity, as the built environment scales up and our place in this city scales down.
at any rate, painting is still my first crush, an always love, and a way of thinking and processing the world around us. i will be teaching more painting workshops this year. let me know if you have any questions, or check out the links below, or let me know if you are interested in private studio lessons.
nov 9-dec 14 2017
emily carr university of art and design (continuing studies)
egg tempera painting
jan 22-apr 6, 2018
langara college continuing studies