Interview: Sophia Xinman Wang

Interview: Sophia Xinman WangImage courtesy of Sophia Xinman Wang

Interview: Sophia Xinman Wang

Luca Curci talks with Sophia Xinman Wang during VISIONS – THE GARDEN OF LIQUID IDENTITIES at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi in Venice.

Sophia Xinman Wang is born in China 1976. She was teaching at the Yunnan University and working for an International Project at the New York Academy of Art. Raised in the 52 ethnic culturally diverse Yunnan China, her painting is faithful to Yunnan style of solid color and variety ethnic culturally.  The artist explores Chinese people as her subject and focused on evolving oriental culture since the early 90’s, and reforms in Chinese era and culture changes have affected the world.

 

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

Sophia Xinman Wang – My home town is Kunming in Yunnan Provence. As a girl growing up I was surrounded by a colorful multi-cultural community. As an artist I was influenced by the Yunnan School of Heavy Color that represented my vibrant community.  Presently, I am Associate Professor at Yunnan University working on my PhD. What stimulates me and what I try to represent in my paintings is the dramatic change in the role of Chinese women since the cultural revolution.

L.C. – How do you find creative inspiration?

S.X.W. – I have traveled extensively, and I find creative inspiration in the cities I have visited and the people I have met. But most important I find inspiration in the significant cultural and social changes Chinese women are going through.  

 

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L.C. – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?

S.X.W. – Finding a buyer, no, really since my paintings support heavy color I find it most challenging expressing sadness on the surface of a colorful social theme.

L.C. – Did you style change over the years? How?

S.X.W. – Every artists style changes over the years. While my theme of expression has not changed, the style in how I now express that theme has evolved. 

 

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L.C. – What are you currently working on?

S.X.W. – I am currently working on a series of oil on canvas paintings focusing on the hard choices facing the future for married Chinese women. Should they honor their traditional marriage promise OR follow their hearts and break that promise proving love is the most important ingredient in a marriage.  Many married Chinese women struggle between honoring their traditional marriage promise and remain in a marriage with no love or follow their hearts and seek divorce to find a true love once more.

 

L.C. – What’s the art tip you usually receive? Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?

S.X.W. – I don’t usually get a tip as much as a critique. Which I usually ignore. The next visitor’s suggestion that enriches my life and my art will be the first.

 

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L.C. – How is being an artist nowadays?

S.X.W. – Being an artist is not easy in China, for that matter being an artist anywhere is not easy. I have friends all over the world who are brilliant artists who still struggle. I guess we are all just waiting to die to be famous and successful… Just kidding. Being an artist is a life style we chose. It is our passion and challenge to express our artistic interpretation of how we view our culture.

 

L.C. – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?

S.X.W. – I believe the festival concept attracts a larger number of visitors. This festival concept presents the opportunity to show my paintings to a larger audience of people who would otherwise not go to an “exhibition” but would go to a “festival”.

 

L.C. – Do you think ITS LIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?

S.X.W. – Yes, ITS LIQUID GOLD has a wonderful reputation. Their theme exhibitions always draw large crowds and terrific press coverage thanks to Luca and Carman.

 

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