A Q&A with artist Sougwen Chung
Fluid, delicate, ethereal, intricate—these are all adjectives one could employ in describing the incredible work of Sougwen Chung. Yet don’t think for a second that her art is intentionally precious in a flowery sort of way. On the contrary, Sougwen’s compositions are the result of relentless experimentation, improvisation, and meditation on the psyche. The results are undeniably beautiful, yes, but also suggestive—through their play of light and shadow, density and sparsity, flow and entanglement—of the infinite complexity within.
(Adapted from an interview taken June, 2011)
How did you get started on your path to becoming an artist?
I have a background in music and a bachelors in fine arts. My current body of work developed through experimentation, improvisation, and some degree of isolation.
What is your earliest childhood memory about art?
The earliest experiences that resonated deeply with me were inextricably linked to creation / performance. Probably one of my first violin recitals growing up—to overcome the nervousness of being at the center of attention to become this channel of creativity was pretty transcendental, actually.