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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shanghai-based illustrator Emma Shen describes her work as colorful, whimsical, and playful depictions of the everyday. She has been working in Shanghai with international brands such as Coach, Ferrero, Raffles City, Olay and more. Emma has also been featured in art exhibitions.
Working with both traditional and digital tools, Emma packs each image with luminescent color and her unique characters and composition tells each story with a fun perspective. Looking at her work, you instantly feel comforted by her pleasing depictions of the everyday. The whimsical scenes and rich hues surrounding her characters also transport us happily to far away places.
1. Favorite movie of all time? 有史以来你最喜欢的电影是哪一部？
Magnolia by Paul Thomas Anderson. It’s a great ensemble of characters and events that seems random but at the same time interconnected. Just like life itself. It’s also beautifully shot and edited. Although it’s 3 hours long, it’s an exhilarating emotional rollercoaster ride.
2. Someone you would like to have dinner with? 想跟谁一起共进晚餐？
I would love to have dinner with the director Li An. He’s one of my favorite directors and I have always admired his work. His work has a unique mix of Eastern and western cultures. As an artist myself, when I was studying and working in the U.S., (I studied both art and film), I found it somewhat difficult to blend my Chinese philosophy with my work which is more modern and western, I would find inspiration from his films. So I would love to have dinner with him.
3. The best way to destress? 对你来说，最好的减压方式是什么？
Learning a new skill. I love learning and facing a challenge. It can be anything from playing an instrument to rock climbing. I find experiencing something new and challenging can take my mind of my problems instantly.
4. Your favorite creative project you’ve ever worked on, and why you like it so much? 你曾经参与过的创意项目其中，那个是你最喜欢的项目；为什么你这么喜欢它?
It has to be my Play me I’m yours piano painting project. I have seen the painted pianos around the world and never thought I would be invited to paint not 1 but 2 of them. As a piano player myself, it really is my greatest pleasure to be able to paint my art onto the pianos and have them played by the public.
应该是Play me I’m yours钢琴绘画项目。我在世界各地看过这些画好的钢琴，从没想过我也会收到邀请参与这样的项目，更有机会可以绘画两架钢琴。作为一个钢琴爱好者，能够把我的艺术用画作体现在钢琴上，并可以让大众去弹奏，这实在是带给我极大的乐趣。
5. Creative person who inspires you? 谁是影响到你的创作的人？
Vincent Van Gogh, my favorite artist. His work and his thoughts moves me and inspires me, made me a better person and a better artist.
我最喜欢的艺术家 — 文森特·梵高。我感觉他的作品和想法总能够感动我，激励我，使我成为一个更好的人，一个更好的艺术家。
We invite each of the creatives we profile to tag another interesting person for the series. Emma suggested artist Banana.W王香蕉.