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Art & Life with Sicong Sui

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sicong Sui.

Sicong, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Born and raised as a single child in Beijing, I was naturally trained as a scientist and worked in the Biology lab for years. Influenced by family, I always had a love for living things and drawing. But not until I went to Kent State to study abroad for the first time and received a huge culture shock. Realizing I was blinded by other people’s expectation, I finally found out being an image maker was where my real dream lay. A friend of mine who was a stranger at the time replied my drawing with a piece of touching music, which helped me cleared the idea that it was truly  meaningful and romantic to be able to express and discover myself  through image making. My family supported my crazy decision and instructors from Art Center College of Design nurtured me from zero to much more. Since graduating, I’ve been growing as a painter, freelanced as an illustrator and organized a few group shows for fellow young artists.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I mostly do paintings, as well as writings and photography. My works usually describe situations of optimism, isolation, and self-flagellation which are caused by certain cultural barrier in current lives. They are influenced by folk talks, folk art, manga culture, and expressionism. To hear from what the viewer thinks is always precious, because they always tell different stories and somehow ended up with similar thoughts of morality. In my recent works, I draw creatures from bone to flesh, then force them into some environments that they might not like, and see how they deal with them.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
There really no face to lose as a beginner artist. Contacting clients non-stop, face to face talking to more experienced people and making extra effort to valuable jobs benefit the most for me. They bring more opportunities, more friendships, more encouragement and more money to support the dream.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I share images of my work on Instagram and my website frequently, and I upload my curatorial works on another Instagram account. Leaving comments, sharing my work with your friends who might be interested, buying pieces and joining our shows is the best way to support my works.

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Image Credit:
Personal photo by: Esther Sutanto (http://esthersutanto.com/); Group Show photo (_26A8383 and _26A8997) by Jessie Mar (https://www.instagram.com/jessiemar95/)
Others by Sicong Sui

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