YangYang Pan

 

YangYang Pan, born in 1976, studied at the Sichuan Fine Art Institute where she received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in 1998 followed by her Master of Fine Art in 2002. She remained as an instructor until 2006 when she immigrated to Canada.

Image: Rain, I don’t mind, YangYang Pan, aerosol and oil on canvas, 36"x 48"

 

1:       In your LaVaLab profile, you say that your work focuses on contrasts found in Nature. What prompted you to make this the foundation of your inquiry as an artist?

I believe there is something marvelous about nature. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

 

2.       What types of media do you use for your work? Which ones are your favourite to work with and why?

Oil is the primary media that I used in my work. I love oil because it takes longer to dry which allows me to take my time and contemplate as part of the process. I  also love its rich texture.

 

3.       Do you take reference or inspiration from any other artists?

Many great artists inspired me all the time. When I was an art student at Sichuan Fine Art Institute, I travelled to Beijing (1998) to see Zhou Wuji’s exhibition at the National Art Museum of China. I remember that there were lots of sparks in this exhibition that pushed me to make abstract work for the first time. Often I found myself responding to a sense of abstract expressionism. De Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly are always my favorites. At the moment in painting, I can’t get enough of Adrian Ghenie. I like his work so much probably because it has no relation to my own.

 

4.       What other art forms are you interested in that inform your creative process? Any that you admire or would like to learn?

I am currently interested in mixed media work. I have recently experimented with acrylic, spray paints and oil – it’s playful. I explore different materials and different textures, trying to layer those differences onto the same surface. The whole creative process allows me to technically learn how to control and work on these different materials, then I figure out how to use these experimental effects for my configurations and subject matter.

 

5.       What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

To work hard and never give up – that is always great advice for artists. Meanwhile, I think it’s important that artists don’t spend all of their time working alone in the studio. They need to involve themselves in shows, marketing their work, and talking with art-related people.

 

6.       How can we learn more and keep up with your latest work?

Please check my website http://www.yangyangpan.com for more information. For keeping up with my latest work, please follow me on Instagram @yangyangpan and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/artistyangyangpan.

See YangYang Pan’s LaVaLab profile at http://lavalab.ca/artist/192.

 


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