This month’s featured artist is Fiona Tang.
Fiona Tang is a Vancouver-based artist with a BFA from Emily Carr University (Drawing Major). Tang often works with charcoal, chalk pastel and acrylic in the style of trompe l’oeil. She frequently uses animals as her subjects and creates big, expressive, life sized or larger energetic drawings. Tang has had group shows at a number of Metro Vancouver Galleries, including New Westminster’s Anvil centre and has been featured in a public art project called “No. 3 Road Art Columns” in Richmond.
My hope is to minimize the distance between humans and animals. I want the viewers to be overwhelmed with a sense of vulnerability and wonder by the sheer size. Through interacting with these animals, the audience is made aware of their existence and I hope to reverse the passive relationship between the viewer and artwork. The subjects usually reflect what I am experiencing in my personal life at the time of execution, and help to represent abstracted forms of battles, struggles, or successes in my life. I retain the raw beauty in their forms, the energy, and the story behind the animal to my fullest capability through research. My subject and I truly become one through the act of drawing and my feelings are translated through the intense gestural mark makings.
https://youtu.be/24pEeRqHy4M OPUS Interview