Artist Interview: Michelle Yu – Illustrator & Paper Burner

Michelle Yu ArtistToday, we’d like to welcome illustrator and paper burner, Michelle Yu to Jung Katz.

Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
I am Michelle Yu, a 25 years old artist, based in Singapore. During the day I run a letterpress studio- The Gentlemen’s Press, and I draw by night.
Michelle Yu Artist
How did you get started doing what you do?
I dunno, it’s just in me, drawing has been one of the most natural things for me to do since I was young. So I never stopped.
How would you describe your style?
Some people would say my style is dark, but i feel my drawings are very gentle, and soft, and it always goes with a flow. My representative works are always emotionally intense and often explore themes of self-deception, despair and the human psyche. In many of my pieces I try to combine mediums to make the material itself an internal part of the narrative.
Michelle Yu ArtistWhat’s your inspiration?
My art is strongly inspired by poetry, songs and the personal experience through life.
What is art to you?
Freedom? Everything? Nothing? Probably just an abstract word.
Michelle Yu Artist
What does your typical day look like?
Hectic and swamped with work at the press, till the night comes and I sit down and start drawing.
How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
Really depends on the size, usually a 8×11″ would take me about two nights.
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What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
Nothing noble really, just make sure it’s better than the last.
What do you want others to take away from your work?
An emotional understanding.
Michelle Yu Artist
What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
“nah you are fine.”
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Just keep doing what you love, and don’t think about monetary issues. They will solve themselves when that love becomes real.
Michelle Yu Artist
What are your thoughts on art school?
It could be good if you are unsure of what you wanna do, if not don’t waste your money.
What art supplies do you use?
Very basic ballpoint pens.
Michelle Yu Artist

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