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Daily Inspiration: Meet Xiaotong Wen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Xiaotong Wen.

Hi Xiaotong, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Start drawing as five years old, I’m observing through figure drawing and still life, from simple geometry to complex sketching. The process of painting is a combination of boring and fun, which has established my personal aesthetic. Almost 20 years, I studied painting and experimental media in my life, I am always deeply attracted and inspired by numerous artsy visuals. After years of working at media industry from stop-motion animation to Digital motion graphics, I was lucky to explore different media and methods to research incorporating technologies that can expand the narrative structure. This long process pushes me to work creatively and motivated as a visual artist today.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Growing up in China, I have my own unique implicit and persistent way of thinking as a visual artist. I have always insisted that my works focus on women and use visuals to express women’s survival confusion and physical embarrassment, including mysterious instinct. I want to keep the original intention of what I created instead of just watching what is popular or interesting. But in the process of extensive exposure at the entertainment industry, especially in the recent four years since I came to the United States, thinking seems to have become more and more difficult, which makes me feel anxious. To a certain extent, anxiety is good for creators. My motivation for creation comes from the hope that others will resonate with my works and also allow me to gain work experience in the industry. But getting these doesn’t make me happy, it’s irrelevant.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m currently working a 3D visual designer, a digital artist in LA. Background in Fine art and Digital Media art, I’m motivated and creative in the motion graphics and animation field. While working worldwide with artists, agencies and studios, I specialize in focusing on using visual aesthetics to driven emotional narratives. My personal works‘ topic is always about people’s psychological meaning, their position and relationship to the surrounding environment. I’m also trying to explore new research incorporating technologies that can expand the narrative structure or inspire and connect poetry, fiction and architecture. This will involve more research through visual expression and experimentation, trying new techniques and image making to break the constraints of traditional images.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
In fact, the main reason is that I want to become an artist. As long as you want to do it, you will always do things related to it, and you will always encounter suitable opportunities. I generate new inspirations every day and always maintain a dynamic creative state. The creative processing always brings by a new way of thinking. I also think design is not only for viewing but also should be closely related to life. Trying to provide the audience with many open perspectives and create more possibilities, rather than being limited to a specific angle and area.

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