We interview founding artist Wangshu Pan. Wangshu Pan graduated from University China Academy of Art in 2012. "I enjoy focusing my work on the reality of my own life, rather than something superficial, or noble. While developing and creating my art, I aim to blend the elements of my work to create an odd and poetic impression of my daily life. I hunt for subtle and fragile elements, with ironic details, and assemble them together in an illogical way. My work also has personal significance to me, signifying both my environment and cultural background."
1) Which art movement do you consider most influential on your practice?
2) Where do you go and when to make your best art?
3) How do you describe your 'creative process'?
Every time I feel nervous when I open the kiln.
4) Which artist, living or deceased, is the greatest inspiration to you?
5) If you weren't an artist, what would you do?
6) What inspires you?
I gather the images for my work by taking photos and the internet. These images serve me for the specific contexts of my work. Therefore, my work also raises questions about the power of the artist in claiming and appropriating diverse visual references in their work. Having lived in both the UK and France, my works are not only a reflection of my own culture but also the reflection of “geographic differences” that I have experienced
7) If you could own one artwork, and money was no object, which piece would you acquire?
8) If your dream museum or collection owner came calling, which would it be?
9) What is your key piece of advice for artists embarking on a fine art or creative degree today?
To have two cats
10) What is your favourite book of all time (fiction or non-fiction)?
I don't know
11) If you could hang or place your artwork in one non-traditional art setting, where would that be?
A department store
12) What was the biggest lesson your university course or time studying taught you?
To be happy
13) And finally, if we were to fast forward 10 years, where would we find you?