Josephine Wang – Featured Artist


Profile

Josephine Wang’s work is extremely colourful and calming.  She is able to capture moments and display them through her own lens in a way that is deeply captivating and magical. We are extremely glad to have her join us for the Broadway East Art Walk on Saturday September 28th in front of the Teamsters Union (490 E Broadway).

Interview

Poetry arrived

And it was at that age… Poetry arrived. — Pablo Neruda

How would you describe your art?

JW- Painting is silent poetry, as poetry is vocal painting. My art are inspired by poetry. Poetry is a language that says more and says it more intensely. It involves not only intelligence but also senses, emotions and imagination. And only for the delicate soul. So is my art.

Where do you find inspiration?

JW- LOVE… life, poetry, literature, nature, music, films, endless list.

Tongues in trees

Tongues in trees, books in the running brooks — Shakespeare

The urge to make people pay more attention to these has kept me painting for many years. What is the good of sunsets, mountains, trees, sea, the wind and all those beautiful things, if I don’t try to capture them with my art?

How did you begin your journey through the arts?

JW- Very early age, at grade 3, my art teacher kept posting my paintings on the wall. I said to myself, “Geee…. I must be good.” I thanked him years later.

What is the story behind one of your pieces that you find particularly meaningful?

JW- I was stuck in a nowhere zone for about a year. A friend kindly gifted me a brick size best seller book to read. I told him that I only re-read the old classics, pull one out, it was T.S. Eliot Collected Poems 1909-1962. Reading the first few lines of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” gave me a whole new meaning that I had never known before, so emotional overwhelming that I had to let them out…through art.

when faces called flowers

when faces called flowers float out of the ground — e. e. cummings

How would you describe your medium. What are its strengths and weaknesses?

JW- I don’t restrict myself to any medium. It is just as possible to be inspired by a film-maker, musician, writer or friend than another artist. Cross-pollination makes for an interesting outcome.

Which mentor(s) do you admire the most and what have they taught you?

JW- Too many, from poets, musicians, film-makers to philosophers…they taught me different aspects of life that I can generate them into my art.

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