We had the good fortune of connecting with Jane Li and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jane, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Your 20’s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.” — Kyoko Escamilla
I am currently in my twenties, so this quote resonates with me deeply. It reminds me that it’s ok to take time and space for myself, especially during these years of growth. It teaches me to stay curious, try new things, and take risks, but above all, to do whatever makes me happy. I love this quote so much that I hand lettered it to hang in my studio space. While the quote focuses on life in your twenties, I think it’s a good mantra to live by regardless of age.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.
When I’m making art, I’m most excited about projects that push me to try something new or projects that allow me to connect with my identity. I think this extra layer of purpose helps me create more meaningful work. Most recently, I worked on a project that combined my identities as a Taiwanese American, an illustrator, an amateur ceramicist, and someone who just loves to eat.
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?
While I am no longer based in Los Angeles, I spent 4 years of my life there and have gathered a list of favorite spots. Some of my favorite outdoor spots are Huntington Gardens and Abalone Cove. They’re great places to unwind and get inspired by being surrounded by nature, so I like to visit often when I have creative block. The food list is extensive, but one place that I miss the most is Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream – my favorite ice cream place on the planet. There have been times when I’ve had to travel to LA for a day or two, but regardless of how tight my schedule is, I always make time for a quick ice cream detour.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to friends who consistently support my work, listen to me when I’m frustrated with a project, and encourage me to experiment with new forms of creativity. Thank you!
All photos taken by Jane Li.