We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Fang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
My favorite quote is by Nina Simone: “How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?” I love this quote because it constantly reminds me that my design/artistic practice is larger than myself, that as a creator I have a duty to represent as well as critique the world around me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I consider myself a hybrid between an artist and a designer. Though I have great love for commercial graphic design, my personal practice is focused on creating conceptual statements in print media and exploring themes of identity through human and digital interactions.
While I started my graphic design career coming from more of a fine arts background, it was hard to enter the commercial industry and still stay true to the narratives I wanted to tackle in my personal arts practice. It definitely wasn’t easy, but as I developed my graphic design practice I worked hard to create projects with strong conceptual practices and maintain a personal voice; in the end I feel it’s helped me stand out as a designer and helped me balance between a commercial and artist career. One of my proudest moments was speaking at the 2019 Adobe Max conference about a project I did in design school, an interactive book translating Asian American poetry into pattern art through creative coding. It was such a cathartic moment, getting up onstage and getting to talk about my practice, knowing that I had stayed true to myself and was representing the next generation of BIPOC designers.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
You can’t travel to LA without visiting the most iconic spots like Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Griffith Park, etc. However, I definitely have so much love for LA’s East side, and the artistic community that’s there! To me the most interesting places have local quirks; I’d take my friends to the Time Travel Mart in Echo Park, Los Globos in Silverlake (if this was post-pandemic), and Owl Bureau in Highland Park. We’d top it off with a drive down the PCH at dusk and a beach bonfire with wine and food. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to Natalee Decker, an artist I’ve had the privilege to attend school with! While her work encompasses multiple mediums including installation and digital art, with her practice being so intimate and vulnerable while addressing narratives around disability and queerness, she constantly inspires me to dig deeper with my own pieces.
Photographer/documentation credits: Lauren Kim, Dylan Han