Back Talk with Jeni YangJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 09 Jun 2010
One reason you make art:
Imagination outlet for the untold stories and my nonsense visions.
The last good movie you saw:
Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:
Open a pet-friendly pastry shop.
Favorite country or city visited:
I would say Taiwan if I was not born and raised there. There is something charming about Taiwan and always makes me want to go back and visit.
A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:
Just like baking a fruit tart, sometimes I fail and the piecrust gets burned and tastes bitter, but I find there is always some sweetness left in that fruit tart, that is the flavor I have to remember.
Something you want the world to know about you:
I prefer animals to humans.
Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:
People who only want to make money but forget about the planet and the environment.
Something that concerns you:
Global warming. Endangered animals.
Artists you admire:
Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Henry Darger, Yayoi Kusama, Tim Hawkinson.
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.”
The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?
I remember I wanted the music soundtrack from “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, and I dragged my parents to go to the record store with me for it.
Recent album downloaded, “Bird Brains” by Tune Yards.
Something you do when you’re procrastinating?
Baking. Hide myself in the nature.
What is your most defining characteristic?
My friends told me I have a sweet tooth.
My love of sweets. I live off sweets. I make sweets I devour sweets. I will conquer the world with my army of battle-moistened sweets.
What is your greatest fear?
Not having enough time.
The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:
When people ask with questions on their face, “You made this? What does it mean?”
Your greatest quality:
I have a couple friends said this to me – My ability of multi-tasking like an octopus, having 6 extra invisible arms doing other stuff at the same time.
I am not even sure if it is a good or bad thing but I know this is how I work.
Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:
I tend to find flaws in everything, but I wish I could look beyond the imperfections.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?
Moved to a country from the other side of the planet. I have always liked the change of environment. In the future, I might relocate to another corner on earth, or maybe another planet.
Something you wish you had known five years ago:
Wish I could predict and see myself five years later.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?
Build stuff for pets and little animals. Finish my to-make list. Add more items on to my list, and built more stuff.
See Jeni Yang’s newest works as part of:
I Believe in Unicorns at WWA Gallery
Curated by Industrial Squid
Opens Friday, June 11th from 7- 10pm
On View: June 11th- July 10th