As we prepare for the inaugural AIGA Eye on Design Conference, we meet some of our esteemed speakers to find out more about them, their work, and what you can expect from them on the big day.

 

Illustrator Qieer Wang will be appearing on our Design + Mental Health panel, thanks to her excellent series of gifs that aim to help dispel the stigma around mental health issues. 

Wang received her illustration MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016, and has since moved to Brooklyn where she works as an independent illustrator, animator, and tattoo artist.

Who are three of your artistic inspirations? How have they influenced your work?

Here are three of my inspiring stars: Zhang Daqian, Moebius (Jean Giraud), Jan Svankmajer. Zhang is a great painter from my hometown, I’ve always in love with his abstractive landscapes with gorgeous colors and lineworks. I also admire the ability of building up a fantastic world by Moebius. And Jan, he’s such a great thinker, and his way of approaching these ideas are very direct and honest, which is what I respect.

The line work in your pieces has such a fluidity to it—how did you develop this style, and what do you hope it evokes in a viewer?

Since my work ranges from comics to illustration to sculptures to motions and to films, I’ve been exploring in different media with similar concept for a while. Fluidity seems like a main quality that fits my concept well. Although I wouldn’t say I develop this style but the style found me. I think visual languages are irrationally existing out there but with its own logic. I work abstractedly cause for instance the eye, the mouth and the nose are being distracting from what I want you to see. In another case, the eye, the mouth and the nose can also be my main characters. It depends.

If you could go back in time and give yourself a piece of advice when you were first starting out as an artist, what would it be?

“Don’t give up on drawing just because of your first chosen piece for a worldwide tour was torn down by your crazy puppy.”—To kindergarten Qieer.