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Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Yang.

Nicole, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Like many artists, I’ve always had a passion to make things with my hands. When I was younger I would try to create these “masterpieces” out of whatever materials I could find. I used fabric, sticks and rocks, coins, strips of glue and my favorite: clumps of flour-balls my grandmother would give me from her pre-baked loaves of bread. I could never seem to settle on just one thing.

As it turned out much of my indecisiveness carried into my adulthood. I majored in illustration during my years in college but I could never decide on exactly what I wanted to do. I still had the drive to create things and I learned that I loved telling stories with images but it wasn’t until my graduate studies did I feel at ease with my work. I started making dramatic choices in color and experimented with combining traditional handmade textures with bold graphic shapes.

I finally grew comfortable with this idea that I didn’t necessarily need to be defined by just one style. In embracing this new outlook my work finally began to feel more natural. In its irony, it seems by removing my limitations I’ve somehow become more structured.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Of course, I want my work to stand out and grab your attention from across the room. I try to use contrasts in color and shapes to accomplish this. But after you’re pulled in I want to keep you there with details and subtleties. I keep my work lighthearted because I enjoy making people laugh. I hope that they can feel drawn to my art by the familiarities of the characters I create and the visual stories they share.

My greatest inspiration comes from personal experiences and relationships. All of my recent work has been inspired by moments I’ve shared with my pets and people close to me. I find that when I pull from myself, the concepts naturally feel more original. It feels like cheating in a way but it gives the art a deeper level of sincerity.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
It’s a difficult time to be alive and have opinions for sure. I think as artists we have a lot more freedom to speak our minds and uniquely share our views. Because of these liberties I choose to be uplifting and inspire others with positivity. There’s already so much to be angry about, I want to give people a moment away from that. I hope it reminds them of everything there is to be thankful for.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Website: www.lightwingstorm.com
Instagram: @nic_lo

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Image Credit:
Costa Long, Joshua Wayne, Durmel DeLeon

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