An Inside Conversation with Enchi, modern renaissance woman
As a creative collective that works with artists on a regular basis, it should come as no surprise that we value anyone’s ability to transfigure all feelings into creative outlets—that ability in itself is worth all admiration. However, when someone is able to transmute those feelings into a wide variety of outlets, and excel equally as great in all of them, then that’s an anomaly that deserves particular applause.
In this case, we’re talking about San Diego-based multidisciplinary artist, Enchi. As a self-taught lifelong artist, Enchi is a one-of-a-kind talent—one that can function and excel in mediums that range from scribbles, ink jots, all the way down to complex three-dimensional software modeling. In any capacity, we’ve come to learn that the young talent is always able to carry her own with a practically innate ability to shine no matter what the method. And that, well, that’s a trait that deserves to be spotlighted through and through.
As such, we decided to gather a few words from the artist, and with her solo feature in our upcoming Warehouse Takeover as our resident artist, we felt it was necessary to delve a bit more into her upbringing, her craft, and her plans for the new year. We know you’ll be able to take something out of this, as we have from observing her art over the past couple years. Enjoy.
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First and foremost, could you give us a little introduction to yourself?
My name is Esther Wang, but for art, I’m trying to go by enchi. Letting the work speak for itself, ya know?
As for myself, I’m mostly a visual artist; I paint, draw, 3D model, but I also like to do less visual things like DJing, writing, and building things. I’m originally from North California but San Diego feels more like home to me now.
What's your earliest recollection of becoming interested in creative work?
I’ve been painting since I was three or four. I couldn’t tell you exactly when I realized I liked it so much, I just knew when other kids would be on the playground, I would go smoosh paintbrushes on paper. It was just something I would do all the time.
I think being a kid, I liked that it was something I did for myself and brought me a lot of satisfaction. There weren’t winners or losers, which is something I still love about art. It’s not something you do because you want to be the best. It’s something you do because you want to be you.
One aspect of your work that I really admire is your ability to work with many mediums, such as installations, ink, watercolor, and even animation with 3D modeling. Is exploring new methods of art something you've always gravitated towards?
Sometimes I have an idea and I try it with a certain medium. Sometimes it turns out fine, but I know it’s not what it could be. Then I’ll see something done another way that makes me stop and go, “shit, thats cool.” So then I try that medium or technique and now I’ve added another tool to my box. This gives me the freedom of thinking about the best way I could approach an idea.
What's been your favorite so far?
In terms of favorites, I have none. Some mediums feel like old friends and some of them are like new acquaintances I’m trying to get a feel for. For example, drawing is my old friend, but anything to do with coding is a mutual’s mutual friend I met once and know is chill, but don’t want to see again because they were an overwhelming personality.
Alright, so cliche ass question, but what would you consider your primary inspirations?
Plants, Vimeo Staff Picks, a good SoundCloud mix, cats, Asian food, strange coincidences, how everything’s connected; people who are annoying, people I love, personal shit I work through; mystical things, really boring things like walking and sitting places; dreams, myths, little people who tell me what to draw. Anything weird. Anything ordinary and extraordinary at the same time… Mostly just little hidden people who tell me what to draw.
From your output, it seems like you are constantly creating. As someone who often deals with regular dry spells, what advice would you give to artists looking to find motivation and inspiration to create?
Work on technique while finding something that makes you wake up.
For me, there isn’t anything new unless something about me is new, too. Luckily if you’re alive at all and paying a bit of attention, something new is always there to teach you or surprise you, but sometimes you just forget to look around and everything seems boring. That’s why when I don’t know what to paint anymore I read, walk around different places, watch people do things, open myself up to new ideas, people, and experiences.
To keep practicing art during this dry time, I just try to develop technique. When nothing is particularly inspiring, I work on becoming so familiar with a medium that it feels like a body part. Then whenever the thing inside me starts to become something, it has a much easier time taking shape.
Top five goals of 2019. Name 'em.
1. Take care of myself.
2. Keep making something every day.
3. Stay honest.
4. Practice gratefulness and perspective.
5. Tre flip or V8 (both reaches).
Sight or touch.
3D sculpting or hand-made sculpting.
Logic or intuition.
Intuition is the highest form of logic.