We had the good fortune of connecting with Artemis Huo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Artemis, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve realized at a fairly young age that art would be my lifelong pursuit. I developed an interest in scribbling in childhood and since then drawing has maintained as a way I communicate to the world. It’s natural for me to visualize an idea or emotion and I always aim to discover more about myself through my creative works. To me, art making is to build up my self-image piece by piece and I’ve never doubted if there’s another passion or possibility in my career.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I always try to present works from my perspective instead of conventions. I want to depict neglected feelings and deep truth from my observation of society and humanity. I like to include philosophical thinking and abstract expressions in my work—sometimes there might be discomforting content, but those would be an honest response to certain points of view instead of pure morbidness. The thought of industrial progress has never failed to fascinate me. Animation started at a point where no one could foresee its influence on generations today, and nowadays I’ve noticed efforts in transforming this influence to a larger crowd—the rise of adult animation is gaining more attention from both studios and audience, and I’m excited to this phenomenon. People managed to show how much depth animation can reach, and by its unlimited potential I see a future of profound enlightenment.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A couch potato myself, I like the idea of staying at home more than anything lol. I would provide the best artistic couch potato experience to my friends (and most of them are artists as well): we would watch films, talk about art all day, and make arts constantly. I would enjoy collaborating with my friends on a week-long project—it could be an animated music video, art installation, or a huge oil painting. It’s always fascinating to combine multiple perspectives and skillsets.
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?
My mom has always been my biggest supporter. When she realized that I have a gift in art, she started to encourage me in every way. Unlike some of the parents who would doubt an artistic career (which is pretty understandable), my mom never had a second hesitation in the idea of me becoming an artist. Although being a lawyer, my mom sees great values in art and backs me up in every effort. It’s fair to say that I won’t be an artist today without my mom’s support.