Maggie Chiang, a recent graduate of the ArtCenter College of Design, is a young illustrator already becoming prolific in the Los Angeles area and the wider commercial art scene. Her work struck us for its refined beauty and simplicity– a muted palette of natural tones and a careful attention to composition are consistent across her work, creating a sense of calm in each imagined environment. From the artist’s bio: “Inspired by both places real and fictitious Maggie’s illustrations evoke a longing for adventure and the pursuit of the unknown, exploring impossible landscapes and places unseen. A central theme of her art is the relationship between humanity and nature, oftentimes the underlying thread that ties together her work and establishes her individual artistic voice.” In conjunction with our upcoming show ‘Peopled Places,’ we’ve asked Maggie to answer a few questions about her work and practice. See her work in the show opening Wednesday, August 2, from 6-10pm, and read below for her interview:
- Did you aspire to be an artist, or did you fall in love with making art?
- What would you tell your younger self when you were first embarking on your artistic career?
I think I would tell my younger self to keep working hard, and not let my emotions get the best of me. Everything will always work out, just keep working hard and do what you love.
- How long do you usually take to complete a piece? Do you work on multiple pieces simultaneously?
I usually don’t spend too much time on a piece, maybe the longest amount of time would be 2 days in total for one piece. But generally I only need a few hours, while working simultaneously on other pieces. If I have a few paintings I’m working on, while one dries, I’m working on the other.
- Do you listen to music/audio while you work or do you prefer to work in silence? Any bands or albums you’ve been enthralled by lately?
I grew up playing a lot of musical instruments, so music has been a big part of my life. I always need something on while I work, whether it’s netflix, podcasts, radio, or my soundcloud.
- If you could travel to any place on earth tomorrow, where would you go?
I love traveling, and if I got to travel to any place tomorrow I would love to visit Europe. No specific city in mind.
Join us for the opening of ‘Peopled Places’ on Wednesday, August 2, and the First Friday reception on August 4. To see more of Maggie’s work, visit http://www.hellomaggiec.com/.
I think ever since I was a kid, I always loved to draw and scribble on everything. And somehow I knew that I wanted to be an artist, and have always aspired to be one.