"I'm an illustrator, designer, and egg-lover based in SF and Oakland.
Born in Taipei and raised in Shanghai, I eventually made my way to New York to study Graphic Design at SVA. I recently moved to the Bay Area in search of the sun and new adventures."
- Jocelyn Tsaih (artist website bio)
Tsaih is one of the participating artists for the ON/OFF Grid art exhibition (April 6 - June 3) at the Gene Siskel Film Center in conjunction with the FAAIM 23rd Annual Asian American Showcase, 2018. We asked her a few questions about her work and artistic practice!
Does your identity or personal story inform your work? Who/what inspires you?
Yes definitely. A lot of my work reflects certain thoughts and emotions that derive from my personal experiences and observations. I am Taiwanese-American but I grew up in Shanghai while being part of a Western community. I think this experience really forced me to understand the dichotomies of my surroundings. My upbringing was a source of inevitable inner conflicts, as I'm sure it is with most Asian-Americans. Visualizing how such contrasts can eventually create a balance is something that I strive to achieve through my work. I tend to spend a lot of time (maybe too much) mulling over how to illustrate these reflections in a simple way. I really look up to people that have the ability to do this intuitively through their work.
How do you think digital formats impact your field and your audience?
I work digitally a lot because it’s streamlined and efficient. Sometimes I think that the efficiency adds value to my thought process and the final product of my work, but sometimes I think it’s the other way around. Either way, I enjoy having the option of creating work digitally. Possibilities are endless and it’s fun to explore new techniques. I also appreciate being able to share my work faster to more people at once.
What are you working on right now?
Ironically, I am trying to work on more paintings right now. Because I’ve been working so much digitally, I’m consciously pushing myself to do more hands-on work so that I can feel mentally balanced. As much as I love working digitally and what comes with it, I think it’s important to have that balance!