Who are you and where are you from?

South Africa

Can you tell us a little about your work and the reasons behind it?

I have trouble organizing my thoughts and verbalizing my ideas therefore I create.One main aspect is that my idea is not as important as the viewers interpretation. I create an image; the story comes alive within the viewer.

How do you think your childhood impacted your style?

I’ve always been meticulous, even as a child. My biggest challenge is breaking free.

Can you tell us a bit about your workspace?

I work in my living room where I have a huge table set up. 

Do you listen to anything while you’re working, and if so, what?

The TV.

How do you approach the creative process? (Talk us through how you construct a piece? Do have a concrete idea of what it will look like before you get started? What type of reference do you use?)

Before I start I have part of the idea set out in my mind. Sometimes it starts with a theme, or sometimes a layout. As I work the rest usually becomes clear to me.

When creating feels forced what do you do to get things flowing again?

I take a break or just browse the internet looking for something to inspire me. I think a lot about themes I want to explore. 

What have been some of the greatest breakthroughs you’ve experienced within your learning as an artist? (Those moments that have opened up whole new creative avenues or that have led to you taking large leaps forward in your development?)

A lot of practice and experimentation. Every sale and appreciation lets me know whether I’m on the right track.

Any artists (new or old) that have been inspiring you as of late?

So many artists inspire and influence me. Frikkie Eksteen, Lita Callabut, Joseph Wright of Derby to name a few.

What do you look for in art of others? What would you hope people look for in your work?

Ability, technique, personal meaning - personal to me, not the artist. I am fascinated by what others find within my work.

Are you ever satisfied with your work?

Not really, no. 

What are some of your favourite places or things in Taiwan?

Juifen and local wood carving.

What’s next?

The plan is to expand into alternative media. Follow me on instagram: un_liya.