MICHELE YONG

CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

MY: I don’t have a very technical approach to what I do so it may come across as a little haphazard, which seems quite common for self taught artists. I think my style tends to be minimal, straightforward, a touch feminine, fashion focused but not too polished. I’ve always found it hard to describe my work, on some days I would just find it all boring.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

MY: A lot of my inspiration comes from other artists and noticing lighting situations in daily life. And Instagram. It’s fantastic for finding new inspiration.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

MY: One day I would have an idea come to mind and be like, ‘Hey! I should do this’. Honestly 99% of the time I just pull something out my ass and pray to God that it works!

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

MY: I am just happy when people enjoy my work. Let’s be real, I am a photographer working in fashion—we aren’t exactly making the world a better place.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

MY: I have a horrible lifestyle! I think this is quite common for most artists, we are not known to lead the healthiest examples. I sleep when the sun rises, procrastinate and be a couch potato, or work so much that I barely have time to eat. It would be better to have more discipline, something that I seriously lack.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

MY: I definitely like to have some sort of guideline at least. It’s very different when I am working on a personal project or something for a commercial client. Personal work is based a lot on feeling and impulse but commercially we are required to have a clear view of every single detail.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

MY: Perseverance and wanting to be better in every aspect of life—oh wait, that’s two things!

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

MY: I wouldn’t say of ‘highest importance’ because that’s not going to do us any good if we have a shit personality anyway. Taste is so subjective, what used to be ugly is now considered beautiful and vice versa. Who knows anymore?

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

MY: Having stability in one’s life, be it career, relationships, reputation, creativity, etc. Everything is very uncertain and that unfortunately creates a lot of difficulties.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

MY: The freedom.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

MY: I have been a fan of Georges Antoni for the longest time, and lately I am in love with what Carlijn Jacobs does. There are so many artists that I adore and find extremely inspiring, it’s hard to say what exactly but I appreciate how their work is modern, out of the ordinary yet very aesthetically pleasing, if that makes any sense. Also envious if they are young and successful.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

MY: I think it allows artists to create differently and approach their work in a manner that would have been otherwise impossible or very challenging, which is a great thing. That being said, having worked purely with digital mediums for the past 10 years, I am glad that analogue is making a comeback. There is a special magic about it that is difficult to replicate.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

MY: Definitely, we are already crazy to think that we can support ourselves realistically by choosing this as a career choice!

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

MY: I enjoy travelling but I also love being at home and the comfort that comes with it. My favourite city is Copenhagen, I have been there multiple times in the past two years simply because I enjoy it so much.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

MY: I have to admit I haven’t read many books in a while so I can’t say that I do. I did enjoy Talk To The Snail very much, comedy gold.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

MY: Explore more into analogue photography and make more money!

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

MY: I don’t have any deep, thoughtful answer for this. I just enjoy the creative work very much.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

MY: BTS cover of ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ on Soundcloud.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

MY: Uuuuhhhmmmm……….

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