Jane Q Cheng has a wide-ranging large breadth of work, her exploration of illustration and style has lead her to be critical of this form of expression. Be sure to keep an eye on this one, it will be interesting to see how her practice will develop beyond 'illustration.' Check her out on instagram and see what she's been up to!
1. Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Jane Q Cheng and I’m from Vancouver.
2. How would you describe yourself as an artist, and your work?
My current interest involves bringing Illustration in dialogue with contemporary art practices. During the summer I was lucky enough to do a residency at Make where I got to further explore my grad project. It involved studying the works of my colleagues in an attempt to understand the reasons behind why they work with the visual aesthetics that they work with. At Make I had the opportunity to continue this project into a solo show by working with and studying local artist Andy Dixon’s work.
Having majored in Illustration I began questioning the lack of critical discourse around the practice. The discourse of Illustration lies beyond its medium and so the ability to reach mass audiences proficiently could be argued as a main focus of Illustration. “Collaborative Studies” starts off by examining the effects of this proficiency in our already saturated visual landscape by creating and displaying studies of previously existing works, effectively confusing the origin of authorship. Though styles can look similar to one another and can be replicated, what ultimately interests me is the decision making behind these aesthetic choices. In Illustration, these choices are more likely guided by the market and personal taste as oppose to art movements and critical discourse. The studies I produced included commentary either directly on the work or in the form of a sketchbook from both myself and artist being studied, commentary and questions like why they chose a certain color or a particular medium.
3. How has your practice change over time?
Having gone into Illustration, my first thought was to become a freelance illustrator. However, after finding my inability to find or stick to any one particular style, which felt very important to have as an Illustrator, I began exploring other options which has led me to where I am now.
4. What is your dream project?
At the moment, I just want to find enough time to move into my new studio so I can figure that out! I’ll let you know when I know!
5. What and who are your inspirations?
Everyone that’s helped me along the way <3
6. What is your daily routine?
Everyday has been kind of a mix up this past month. There are many projects on the go that I’ve been helping out with and it’s been nice to take a break from my own work.
7. Favourite food/drink?
I will never get tired of bubble tea.
8. What have you currently been playing on your headphones?
Scream by Grimes, it’s 100% me right now.
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