We had the good fortune of connecting with Phoebe Wang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Phoebe, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life 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.
Many artists put a big focus on developing an art style. But, I think style is part of a personal language that artists begin to develop by allowing for moments of flow, identifying their appeals, and by keeping an open mind for discovery. Currently, I want to focus on creating art that intensifies life and chases emotion.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a tough question for me, because there is a lot in L.A. that I’ve yet to experience. If a friend came to visit, I would probably take them to visit the beautiful garden of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Then we could go to Old Town Pasadena to eat at Chong Qing YaoMei Hotpot, and maybe treat ourselves to some gelato at Hello Gelato or taiyaki and souffles at Miss Cheese Tea Cafe! (P.S. cheese foam and crème brûlée on souffle is an amazing combination.) It would be fun to picnic and grill at the firepits of Huntington Beach and watch the sunset together. If we tour ArtCenter’s Hillside Campus at night, I would take them to the sculpture garden overlooking Pasadena and watch the city of stars twinkle below.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First I want to thank my parents for supporting the pursuit of my passion. A shoutout to my friends, Courtney, Eunbi, Matt, Jonathan, Christine, Yuja, and Sojin, who are my biggest supporters and comrades for our experiences together during art school. I want to give a shoutout to the instructors I saw as mentors: Charles Hu, Cliff Nielson, Noah Klocek, and David Luce. Specifically, I want to give a shoutout to my mentor and former instructor, David Luce, for having more faith in me than I did in myself. Instructors like you, with a balance of tough love and compassion, are jewels to a school and important mentors to students.