Yanyan first wanted to become a concert pianist before turning to art. Since making the transition, Yanyan feels that art has enriched her life beyond belief. As an artist, she found her self-expression by learning from other people’s ideas and works.
Yanyan has a great interest in other artists. She travels the world, seeing exhibitions, exploring galleries, and visiting friends’ studios. She finds a lot of inspiration in new cities and countries, as well as in the people she meets along the way. She created her website, do easy art, out of the desire to share these experiences. The site is an archival storage of what Yanyan finds interesting to her taste, whether art, design, architecture, or illustration.
“[Florence is] so culturally and historically rich that I feel as though I’m soaking up history and atmosphere just by breathing the air here.”
There are differences between the art scenes in Florence and California, something Yanyan personally confirms. While Yanyan sees the art scene in Florence as primarily historically rooted, she describes the one in California as stemming from “a desert with a very short cultural history, which is good or bad depending on what you need to thrive.” California’s many art schools, alongside the recent influx of galleries, make it feel like a little community where everyone knows either each other or someone in common.
Yanyan mirrors her variety of mediums with her variety of materials: pen, ink, gouache, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, paper, canvas, photographs, ceramics, and digital collage. The process begins with a desire to recall memories, which she then tries to translate onto paper. She makes hundreds of drawings to piece together exactly what she wants to communicate and remember. It’s a long sifting process, where she goes back, and decides which part of the drawings she thinks have ideas worth saving. Sections are then cut out from drawings, put atop or under different ideas, and new memories are generated.
“I want the garments to be infused with power and using a silk base provides a great pre-existing backdrop of mystery.”
More recently – and after finding a printing company and standard tunic pattern – Yanyan has been applying her creative process to make beautiful tunics and kimonos out of silk. This project started with her own dissatisfaction with available clothing, as she finds most of the fabrics used in common clothing unsuited for her needs. For Yanyan, “there was no choice than to make my own garments, or go naked.”
See more of Yanyan’s work here. Photos courtesy of the artist.