Xinhwang loves art and literature, she enjoys looking out to the stars with a telescope. Most of her art work is inspired by poetry, her life and dreams. Her work is like a fantasy world sometimes childish as she hopes to bring a little warmth to the viewer.
We asked Xinhwang a few questions about her work...
We really love your work, your technique of using watercolours is quite unique, can you tell us why watercolour is your chosen medium and what is your painting process?
The main reason is that the watercolour is very convenient to carry. In addition to watercolour, I often use coloured pencils and crayons. I usually have a booklet to record recent inspirations, sentences, sketches, and before I start drawing a picture, I will flip through the booklet and pick some favourite elements to draw a picture.
You describe your work as poetic and like a fantasy, where do you get inspiration to create this dreamy world?
My inspiration comes from poetry, films and my life. I really like the poem of Japanese poet Tanikawa Taro and the director Weis Anderson, both of them give me a lot of imagination and help me with my storytelling. My hometown is a place where I can see many stars. I used to watch the stars and the moon with a telescope, and talk to them in the middle of the night. These ordinary life situations are also the source of inspiration for my creation.
You grew up near Alishan, do you think living so close to the mountains has influenced your art work? How?
Living in the countryside really does affect my creation and makes me feel closer to nature. I really like to draw forests, to draw mountains, flowers and plants. I once had a group photo exhibition with some friends, we covered the exhibition hall with leaves and let people smell the leaves and hear the sound of the leaves when they walk in the field.
You are also currently studying fashion design, how do you think your paintings, prints and clothe designs go together or do you think of them as two separate projects and identities?
I see them as two different projects, but some elements are overlapping, such as the use of colour, and the pattern of the illustration can be printed on the clothing.
The outfits that you wear often include lots of red, what does this colour mean to you?
To me red means, passion and loneliness.