We had the good fortune of connecting with Jocelyn Tsaih and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jocelyn, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I’ve always been a “work hard, play hard” type of person – often taking on too much at a time and having to find outlets to relieve stress. Since the pandemic started last year, I realized I had to adapt and shift to a different mentality. At the beginning, I took on a lot of work because I was anxious about how the year would look, but my life became extremely imbalanced since I was unable to “play hard” in the ways I usually would. I’ve become a lot more mindful about the projects that I take on. I’m more aware of the kinds of work that make me feel fulfilled and the kinds that make me feel otherwise. Now, I’m conscious of giving myself more time to rest. I’ve learned to relax a little more, which helps me maintain a good balance.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work is centered around amorphous figures that are meant to resemble beings. My intention for drawing amorphous figures lies in my hope that they can somehow act as vessels for those that view my work. I’m interested in creating images that provoke introspection, curiosity and a desire to dive farther beneath the surface. I think creating these images often requires me to be extremely vulnerable and honest with myself, which I hope translates into my work and is passed onto the viewer. I’m sure my work will continue to evolve as I learn more with time, about myself and others.
I mostly do illustrations, paintings, and murals nowadays, but I actually started out as a graphic designer. After some time, I realized that I was interested in finding my voice and being able to tell stories through my own lens. I’ve always loved storytelling and I realized I could easily do that through my work. It took a lot of time, effort, and experimentation on my end to figure out what worked for me in terms of drawing and illustration. Forcing myself to get out of my comfort zone has always been beneficial for my personal life and career, and this is something I still challenge myself to do everyday.
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’d love to shoutout my family and my partner for being my support system in life. I never would’ve been able to pursue a career in art if it wasn’t for my family’s encouragement. And I never would have come out of the pandemic in a good place if it wasn’t for the support of my partner throughout the past year.