Kristen Liu-Wong

:: AGE

24

:: LOCATION

Los Angeles, California, USA

:: MEDIUM

drawing, painting

:: IDENTIFIES AS

hetero/chinese-american

As a womxn or womxn of color, why do you think it is important to create?

I think it’s very important to put our perspectives out there. I never want to make work that can be dismissed easily and I also think it’s important that I show how complex women can be because that aspect of our femininity is often overlooked.

What has been your proudest moment as an artist/creative?

Getting to show at New Image Art. It’s shown SO MANY of the artists I’ve looked up to since I was young and I’m truly humbled thinking about how I’m allowed to hang on the same walls. I’m so grateful to all the galleries that have taken a chance on me.

What is the space like that you create in?

I like creating in a really private space that feels comfortable and has plenty of inspiration on the walls and natural lighting. A window and plenty of lamps are a must.

Do you have any words of advice for young artist/creators out there?

TRY REALLY HARD. It won’t happen right away but you need to make the most of every single opportunity you’re given in the hopes that one might lead to more.

Do you have any advice for people who want to create but doubt themselves? 

I constantly doubt myself, feel uncertain about my art, worry that I’ll never be good enough but ultimately it’s the need to create that always brings me back. If you love making art you need to throw yourself into it completely because if you don’t then things probably won’t work out.  JUST MAKE THINGS! And of course it’s good to be competitive but it’s also important to encourage your peers and find people who are also really encouraging because honestly there’s enough work out there for everyone.

What does art mean to you?

It’s that one thing I have always relied on and gone to for comfort. I tend to revere it to some degree, it’s this beautiful ideal of human expression and I am always striving to contribute something meaningful to it.

Kristen, we love your commitment to sharing womxn’s complexities when we are so often essentialized to limited experiences. Your work is electrifying.