Artist: Wang Sieong
Media: Oil Paint
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Wang Sieong is an undergraduate student at the College of the Arts at California State University, Long Beach. She will graduate next Spring (2017) and is aiming for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. Wansi is originally from China, but she and her family migrated to the United States; where she wanted to pursue her studies. She explains that although she is uncertain of what exactly it is that she wants to pursue as a graduate student, she is focused on something primarily with drawing and painting.
“2068” is one of her latest artworks and it was done for a class project. Wansi claims this took her a whole semester to finish. This is due partly because she wanted to try out different compositions and colors to test out the possible outcomes. However, she stuck with oil paint, as she explains it is easy to layer on and give better results than other medias. She also said using oil paint gave her the ability to come back to her work without the paint drying off so quickly and it gives smoother looking results. As seen in the picture above, Wansi used a mixture of light and dark shades to contrast each other and give value and dimension to her artwork. She also used both small and long strokes to give detail to certain aspects of the painting. Although she is content with the final result, she wishes she could go back and fix the background of the painting. Wansi said she would use brighter hues instead.
Wansi stated that a dream of hers had influence on this piece. She points out that the old woman in the painting represents her years from now and that the younger girl is her now. In the painting, the younger girl is stopping the older woman from regretting the life she has lived. The older woman depicts someone who did not follow their dreams and pursued things others set for her. She also explains that the vibrant magenta colored ball by the window is a symbol of the end of the older woman’s life. The meaning behind Wansi’s “2068” is to not regret the life you have lived. She states that as she grows older, she does not want to have regrets. She wants to be happy with her life choices and follow her dreams, not the dreams others have set for her.
Wansi’s explanation of her painting is clear to understand. Like stated before, she wants to follow her dreams, not dreams set by others; like her parent’s wishes of her pursuing a career in law, medicine or politics. She wants to do what she wants, and that is art. I understand from where she’s coming from, as do other young adults trying to figure out what they want to do as they grow older. Like her parents, my parents also wanted me to pursue a career in law or politics, but I settled for what I want to do. In the end, just like her, I do not want to regret my life choices. I, too, want to be happy with my life.
I enjoyed having this conversation with Wansi Ieong, and I wish her the best in everything she sets herself to do.