PCA Member Q&A: Ying Huang

Sleep Well My Princess, 2015, etching and screenprint on steel, 20 x 28.5 cm. This print was selected for the 2015 PCA Print Commission. It is available to purchase through the PCA store.

‘I started learning calligraphy when I was about six years old, and then went on to learn traditional Chinese painting … I wasn’t exposed to printmaking before I left China.’ 

Ying Huang lives in Victoria

Why do you make art?

Art has always been part of my life since I was a child. I come from an artistic family and I grew up with art. I started learning calligraphy when I was about six years old, and then went on to learn traditional Chinese painting. After I left China I travelled around the world, living in various places, and stopped making art for some years. I started again when I came to Australia and haven’t stopped since.

What’s your relationship to printmaking?

I used to see myself as a painter and drawer – I wasn’t exposed to printmaking before I left China. The first time I drew onto a copper plate and etched it at school I knew I’d found my medium! I now identify as a printmaker first rather than a painter.

How did you get interested in printmaking?

My interest in printmaking was sparked during my study. I used to love etching but during my last couple of years at RMIT I started to explore blending different mediums and I began screenprinting onto steel plates as my main medium.

Who is your favourite artist?

I love a lot of artists and my ‘favourite’ keeps changing. It depends on what medium I am working in at the time, but Rembrandt and Alberto Giacometti are two favourites.

What is your favourite artwork?

I have so many favourite artworks. I love Ruth Johnstone’s etchings and Jazmina Cininas’s linocuts. They were both my lecturers at RMIT. They inspired and guided me throughout my study. I also love Hertha Kluge-Pott’s drypoint works and Alice Neel’s paintings.

Where do you go for inspiration?

I get inspiration from a wide range of sources, such as film, song titles and lyrics, pop art, other artists’ work, mass media and iconic photography, other cultural media and major events around the world … I basically find everyday life and personal experiences very inspiring.

What are you working on now?  

I am continuing a body of work that I started this year for my solo show. These works are exploratory and will continue my hybrid practice which I call ‘Polipanda’. I am using aluminium, raw steel and etched steel. I manipulate my digital images and sometimes blend screenprinted and digitally printed imagery on aluminium and steel plates. The subject matter of these works is playful, rebellious and humorous. My next solo show is at Tacit Contemporary Art gallery in March 2016.