Craft and creativity continues to grow in China, none of which would be possible without the inspired and daring minds behind the ideas and production. We are asking the creative community in China five fun questions to learn a little bit more about the people behind this burgeoning industry. Hope you enjoy! If you think you should be profiled or you know someone creative who should be profiled send an email to email@example.com.
Graffiti Artist, Designer, Illustrator, Videographer
涂鸦艺术家 / 视觉设计师 / 插画师 / 摄影师
Since 2006, Edwin has been actively involved in street art. He’s been committed to graffiti and digital art integration, experiment and promotion. Edwin has been invited to participate in and plan various visual art exhibitions and graffiti activities, and has carried out several large-scale graffiti art exhibitions. His artistic style was shaped by experiences in different cultural backgrounds, and over the years of growing within academic and street art. The works cover illustration, action figure, installation, audio and other visual art forms.
1.Longest you have been away from home? 最长离家多久？
I went to Toronto to study in 2011, starting the “far from home” chapter of my life.
2. Coolest place you’ve travelled to? 旅行去过的最有意思的地方是哪里？
Probably Everest base camp. The oxygen was so low that it was difficult to breathe and move. It was literally the “Coolest place”. I wanted to have a sense of ritual. As a graffiti artist, I felt I needed to leave a tag in this place, but I did not want to destroy the environment, and the spray paint pressure was also very strange. Finally, I chose to write the tag on a board and hold it for a group photo. “If you don’t count the graffiti on the plane, this is probably the highest tag on Earth,” as my friends joked. Looking back, it was really silly.
可能是珠峰大本营了。氧气异常稀薄，呼吸十分困 难，举步维艰，真的是字面意义上的“coolest place”。心想必须要有点仪式感，作为涂鸦writer一定要在这个地方留下个tag，又不想破坏环 境，带去的喷漆压力也很奇怪。最后选择把tag写 在一块板子上举着合影留念。和队友还互相勉励“ 如果不算飞机上的涂鸦，这大概是地球最高tag了 吧”现在回想起来，真的很蠢。
3. What you wanted to be when you grew up? 你小的时候觉得自己长大后能干什么？
Fortunately, when I was growing up there were a lot of amazing foreign animation works, in China Shanghai Art Film Studio was also doing great job. Since childhood, I have been surrounded by fantastic animation, and I have always dreamed of working in this field. Until I graduated from high school, I chose to go to the Animation School of Zhejiang Media. Although my dream did not come true in the end, it has always exerted a subtle influence on my graffiti style.
4. One thing that always makes you happy and one thing that always makes you sad? 一件总让你感到快乐和另一件总让你很难过的事是什么？
As with many artists, the two can be the same thing, namely creation. In the process of artistic style exploration and creation, I always encounter boundaries. Every time it happens, I feel very frustrated and then experience a plateau sort of period. But when mustering up the courage to try again, I’m always excited to find breakthrough. And in the long creative career, such bondage and breakthrough is non-stop cycle.
5. Your main strength as a creative person? 作为一个创意人，你的主要优点是什么?
I wouldn’t say a strength, more of a quality, characteristic. I’m a creator who doesn’t want to be tied down by style. I think most of the time, when people talk about style, they’re talking about form. True style should not be influenced by form. Just like art is not supposed to be defined, once defined, someone will break it. In my creative process, when I realize that I have come to rely on a form, I remind myself to step out and look at it from a third-person perspective. The advantage is that you can always learn a lot of new things in this process and have a deeper thinking. The disadvantage is that the style is not fixed. But I believe in all forms It all adds up to a true style.
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