We spoke to Rabid, Wild & Docile artist Andrea Kang in this latest installment of “Five Questions With…”. Keep reading to gain insight into Andrea’s artistic process and the reoccurring themes in her work.
You’ve created some really wonderful characters and scenes out of cut paper. What is the appeal to you for using cut paper to create your work?
I really enjoy the low tech tactile nature of cut paper. Think it may come from my love of fabrics and plush. The paper ends up being like fabric, having different textures and patterns. I like that the light can change the mood of a piece by creating subtle shadows along the paper’s grain or because of the way the pieces are layered. There’s a child like quality that the medium brings to my illustrations that I really appreciate.
You often feature animals, like foxes, rabbits, owls and bears in your work, or even humans wearing animal masks or hats. Why do you think there is a reoccurring theme of woodland creatures in your artwork?
I think it’s my strong affinity with animals and can relate to their vulnerable, innocent nature. On a visual level they create unique shapes that are quite iconic. I also like to reference childhood stories and fables that thematically use these types of animals/creatures often.
Fans of yours have seen your artwork transformed into different mediums, including plush, digital, paper cuts and wood. Do you have a favorite medium to work in? And if yes, why?
I actually have a new found love of acrylic/pencil on wood panels. Something I just started experimenting with. Thought it would be a nice transition from cut paper and translate well as it still has a very flat and matte look to it. Think I’ve just missed the act of painting, it feels quite meditative to come back to it.
Who in the art world do you find inspiration from or whose artistic career do you follow?
So many to choose from, but I would say the Royal Art Lodge, Coral & Tusk, Shinzi Katoh, and Annette Messager to name a few.
When you are lacking inspiration to work on a piece, what do you do to get back into the art-making mood?
That’s when I force myself to take a break. It’s hard sometimes to step away, but so necessary at times. When I feel like that, my body and brain are usually letting me know I’m getting burnt out. So anything from getting sugar into my system with some dark chocolate, taking a walk in the woods with my dog Harlow, to sitting by the water where everything is quiet and calm really helps.
Thanks so much to Andrea for letting us interview her and for being in the RWD show! One of the three pieces of Andrea’s work has already sold, so make sure to check out the exhibition to see her work!