We had the good fortune of connecting with Sunny Moon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sunny, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
When I say I’m an artist, people often think that I work at a studio alone, brainstorming about an art project. However, a project is mostly about communication. It is important to be able to understand the needs of clients, communicate how I’m going to visualize their ideas, and express it through the art styles that can pursue the idea further. Translating what a client is communicating verbally, or through written words to a visual art work often requires narrowing down different ideas into one solid idea. An artist has to be able to keep the original idea that a client wants to express, but polish it into a better form through communication.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I usually work with start-up companies that seek to find their own voice to introduce their services or products. Their individuality is often expressed through human figures I portrait. I try not to picture an objectified, and generalized view of a human body. Each figure I paint has diverse stories, cultures, personalities, and emotions that my clients express. I assist clients’ voices to be more effectively heard through my art.
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.
I would start the day in Pasadena, walking along Brookside Park next to Rose Bowl stadium, sipping boba from Old Pasadena with my friend. If I feel like it, I would sit down on a bench, and start drawing people, or read a book. Then I would go to Norton Simon Museum, enjoy some of the best art works in the world. Brush stroke by stroke, I would spend a good amount of time looking at each art piece. Then, I will head to Koreatown for the night, and grab Korean style skewers and soju. Hit a karaoke nearby, and sing from my lungs. Finally, I would end the day with another cold boba from Tawainese fruit tea shop to cool all the heat from the karaoke. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this shout out to Emilie who has been a good friend and a mentor of mine. 2020 has been very tough for me as an artist, both mentally, and financially. I used to travel a lot, and got ideas for my art works from the local kitchen, and culture of the location I’m traveling. Traveling was where I got creative energy for my art. However, because of the pandemic, I was stuck in a studio, not being able to see anybody for months, or go outside to get a new idea for my art. Emilie was there for me virtually to encourage my creative spark for art. Although she’s not an artist, conversations with her opened up some new subjects to paint, such as human emotions, lores, and our roots where we came from. I’m thankful for the great support she’s been giving me, and the wide range of her knowledge that helps to continue making art.