Today we’d like to introduce you to Maegan Iamjan.
Hi Maegan, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up in Bangkok, Thailand where the country is filled with ethnic culture that differs from Los Angeles. The city was turbo-charged and mixed in with the smells of authentic food and spices. Some may not identify with my home the same way. It is true without disagreement that my home was blooming in an assortment of cultures that created a sense of community and peace for one another. The city could be chaotic, but because of the chaos, I grew into understanding the beauty within.
What became of my experiences gave me the peace of mind to be able to share various perspectives and insights that make up the inner components that make me who I am. I was raised in a multicultural environment which led me to experience a lot of my childhood prematurely. Some of those experiences came from traveling to my mother’s homeland in the Philippines and being surrounded by the busy life in the city of Bangkok. I had a particularly arduous time that impacted me was during my late teens when I developed despondent feelings and felt like I had no direction of what I wanted in life or who I wanted to be.
I managed to focus hard on my craft during my high school years despite the difficulties and decided I had what it took to elevate my work. So one thing led to another and I headed down the path of coming to Los Angeles. My time living here allowed me to see that I had to venture out of my comfort zone and dominate whatever mediums I decided to work with. Maintaining this mindset has helped me be on top of my growth. It is important to always have clarity and passion for whatever you choose to do in life.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Architecture brought me to Los Angeles at the age of 18. I pummeled my way through college and got my bachelor’s of fine arts degree in Architecture/Interior Design/Landscape at Otis College of Art and Design. After some years of dabbling in architecture practice, I decided that this was not the route for me. I do remember that I felt like I was losing myself, my authentic drive, and my inner creativity. I was sure architecture wasn’t how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. I departed architecture to go back to my roots of being genuine to myself, following my passion in making artworks with emotion and life that embodied my experiences and the world around me.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a multifaceted creative. I do a mix of both fine arts and graphic design, however, I do specialize in watercolor illustrations.
I am able to translate aspects of my life through artistic practices, resulting in works that dialogue connection, play, and experimentation while also engaging in timely socio-political issues. My style of work consists of whimsical elements and distorted components, as art has given me my very own language that I have translated through the medium.
My art has many shapes and forms that gave me the courage to speak for myself, which resonates in my illustrations and to have a personal connection with the world.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
Come and visit me when I do pop-ups! I am scattered across Los Angeles’s flea markets, as sometimes I tend to sell other items such as furniture, home accents, clothing, or handcraft goods. I also have items for sale on my website. Feel free to send me a message, I am always excited to chat or collaborate with other creative individuals.
- Watercolor Prints: $50 – $350
- Apparel: $35 – $120
- Custom Work Order: $60 – $500
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: maegan.com
- Instagram: @maeganiamjan
- Twitter: @maeganbymaegan
- Other: @sunnysidetoad
Image Credits: Maegan Iamjan, Please do not replicate or own rights to my artwork.