Seven Questions for Roselina Hung

Greetings fellow Thrivesters! 

I've been invited to share an interview series that I completed on the Thrive Blog.  Recently, I asked 7 artists 7 questions about their careers.  It was a great way to compare and contrast the variety of creative approaches to an art practice.  Below you'll find the third artist that was interviewed for this series: Roselina Hung. I love her work, although I may be biased, she is my studio mate. Enjoy! - Sunshine Frère

Roselina Hung (b. 1980) is a visual artist with an MA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK and a BFA from the University of British Columbia. She also spent a year on exchange at L'Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in private collections around the world. She has taught at Central Saint Martins and attended residencies at the Banff Centre, Ox-Bow School of Arts and SIM Reykjavik. Roselina lives and works in Vancouver.

What social media platforms to you use and why do you use them?

I have a blog on my website, I find it is good for me to practice writing about my work, I use it to post about work in progress and ideas. I also have a Tumblr and Instagram. Tumblr came before Instagram, so now I have it set up that whatever I post on Instagram posts directly onto my Tumblr. It’s a way for me to have a virtual sketchbook, I have ideas and crops of images that I put up before I want to unveil the work to the public.

How do you brainstorm and work out new ideas for projects?

I like to work with the pen and paper first, writing out ideas that I have. Writing out the ideas helps to better form them. From there I’ll go online and flush out those ideas through searches, finding articles and websites and artists to look at, picking key images to reference. Then from there I work with my sketchbook and Photoshop and mix all of my ideas together and create a draft edition to work from.

When you have a big project, how do you manage your time to make sure to complete it by the deadline?

I like to give myself a lot of time to work, so I end up giving myself a deadline the week before the actual deadline so that nothing is left until the last minute. For applications, I’ll put a date in my phone that I have to finish the week before. Especially because I work with oil paints, things need time to dry so I have to finish a week in advance or nothing will be dry in time to be hung in a show.

Can you think of something that you wished you had learned earlier in your career which would have saved you a lot of time and effort?

I wish that I had applied for artist residencies earlier in my career, I hadn’t gone on any and after having gone on a few, I realized how important they were to my development. I wish I had started earlier and going to more as there are so many opportunities, it is a great idea to take advantage of them.

What is the least favourite part about what you do?

It would probably have to be the administrative side to being an artist. It is not the most fun, but it is how you find opportunities to show your work or how to develop as an artist through artist residencies. In the end its helpful too because it forces you to sit down and write about your artwork which is helpful for developing ideas.

What is the most favourite part about what you do?

That would definitely be actually working on the work, getting to paint and draw. I find I really enjoy the part where I’ve already gotten past just starting on the work, but I’m not finished yet, but I am starting to see the work come to life and how you envisioned it. It is great to see it coming out of the canvas or paper.

Any advice for someone interested in pursuing a career in painting and drawing?

Keep pushing yourself to try new techniques and ways of making and to also go out and see a lot of art and see what other people are doing. Just keep pushing yourself to try new things so that you don’t get stuck in just one way of working. This way you are always learning something new about yourself and your work and the work is always developing.  

 The Hex, 2015, Roselina Hung

The Hex, 2015, Roselina Hung