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Meet JP Neang

Today we’d like to introduce you to JP Neang.

JP, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m the daughter of two immigrants. My father is of Cambodian and Thai descent, my mother Chinese, Malaysian, and Vietnamese. When I was young, I remember I was told stories of their past. There was struggle, challenges that was on repeat, constantly. I could recall my thoughts to my parents “how did you get here?” a question I’d ask my mother specifically. It wasn’t the physical transports I was inquiring but her undeniable will to survive. A feeling she would describe was greater than life. To live for a forever purpose, love. That love and purpose for her was us, her children.

The will, the strength to survive, the desire to find one’s true definition of love are my foundations of where I am today. To fight for something greater than life itself. My work as an artist is a physical extension of who I am. A human being in pursuit of living her truest self through every edge and shallow.

Great, 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?
Absolutely not. But that’s a good sign you’re doing something right. Something that reigns true to who you are. In my struggles growing up of mixed Asian descent. Social-economic class, prejudice, and even discrimination aside, acceptance from the place where you naturally defined as “home” became a foreign place. The lack of empathy further stemmed into a form was the struggle of place.  “Is this it? Is it what I desire? Me, not someone else?” That this compelled me to live a full, whole life. To protect what gave me purpose. Getting to that point for anyone going against the grain will always be challenging but not impossible.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m an Artist and Global Educator. My works as an artist push the boundaries of how we experience emotional gravity, landscapes devoid of color with images that evoke stillness and playfulness. Currently, I am creating micro drawings. An excerpt from my past solo exhibition in Japan, Itoshima is an on-going study that helps describe my current focus: “ ‘Heavy Ground’ micro solo showcase exhibiting works imaginative and inspired landscapes of Itoshima. It is titled “Heavy Ground” to focus a viewer’s perspective from a birds eye view. The greatest weight of life rests in the palm of our hands, which is both literal and symbolic in this showcase. I hope my works will challenge the limits of human fragility and give greater significance to all life on earth.”

In addition to my life as an artist is my passion for creative education. This year marks my 10th anniversary through my journey as a director, educator, and learner. I’ve worked and developed innovative programming with my experience in design thinking and creative engineering. It’s never ending energy that can keep me going forever. For the past several years, in addition to my work as an educator, I’ve been on a personal initiative, journey working with global organizations to reinforce the act of creativity to children on a larger platform.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Empathy and self-awareness.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.jpneang.com
  • Email: infojpneang@gmail.com
  • Instagram: JPNeang
  • Facebook: JPNeang

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