We had the good fortune of connecting with Alice Yang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alice, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
A few months ago, I didn’t have much of a life outside of work and school because I didn’t think I had the time. More recently, I’ve slowed down and returned to activities I once loved—jiu-jitsu, running, quality time with friends and family, etc. Weirdly, re-introducing these activities into my schedule have helped me be more productive in some ways. I’m taking this as a sign that when I’m happier I work better. Moving forward I’ll try to keep these activities going even in busier seasons of life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In the past, I thought that once I got to a certain level of artistry I’d be happy. I’ve learned more recently to detach myself from the idea that I needed to get better at art to enjoy it. I’ll chase technical mastery for the rest of my life. What’s most important to me now is to figure out what I want to say through my work, and to learn how to make myself at home in the discomfort of not knowing exactly what that is yet but continuing to make art anyway.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m super fixated on the “eat and drink” part of this question (and if my best friend visited, they’re likely to do the same) so here are some places we’re likely to visit: Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters for people watching & their orange blossom oat milk latte (a summer exclusive), an iced matcha latte and chasu noodle bowl from Menya Hanabi (Arcadia), $1 fish tacos from Tacos Ensenada (Tuesday special), and Mother Moo (Sierra Madre) for *the best* ice cream.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family! They’re my biggest supporters and a source of endless inspiration for the stories I like to explore in my art. Special shoutout to our pup, Bao, who has kept me company during many lectures and late nights this pandemic.