ART OF THIS WORLD: Your illustrations are bold, clean and strong yet there is a softness that speaks through the imagery. What is the starting point for a drawing? Is it a feeling, an idea, or a combination?
Rery: I would answer with Hans Hartung’s words: “Everything we feel deeply must be expressed.” Most of my illustrations reflect a need of expressing myself and often illustrate an emotion or a state of mind. However, I love to convey the idea with the “efficient” lines as much as the delicate thoughts.
AOTW: How has living in Paris influenced your work and your life?
Rery: The cultural diversity and confrontation have always fascinated me. There is a multitude of cultures geographically and temporally distant coexisting in this city. They stimulate me in my daily life and of course in my work.
AOTW: Do you have a daily routine?
Rery: No, I don't have a daily routine. However, I try to work on my illustrations as often as possible, whenever I feel less stressful from the outside world on a peaceful night.
AOTW: What is your favorite thing to do when not working?
Rery: Traveling, visiting museums and galleries, listening to the music (I do also when I’m working), hanging out with friends and of course having a nice dessert.
AOTW: What do you like about living in Paris?
Rery: Its possibility of rich and constant encounters with people, and its abundant resources of art.
AOTW: How has your childhood impacted your work?
Rery: I was born in Taipei and grew up in Montreal before moving to Paris. My multiple cultures background has the greatest impact to my personality, my daily life and of course my work. I also believe that traveling a lot made me become a person who constantly searches for surprises. But practically speaking, the manga I read when I was a child and the calligraphy that I used to practice in Taiwan should have some influence on my work.
AOTW: Tell us about the ARTchipel site--how it began and where you envision it going.
Rery: ARTchipel.com is a collaboration project that wishes to promote young artists coming from around the world. The site will allow artists to introduce their unique items at affordable prices.The idea came from my desire to share my fondness of exquisite art pieces on the net. With a friend who is a web-addict and also an art lover, we wish to provide a simple website where people can find affordable art.
AOTW: What attracts you when looking at art?
Rery: The emotion that it provokes in me and the story that the artist is trying to tell.
AOTW: Who are your favorite artists and why?
Rery: This is a tough question! Aesthetically and conceptually, I’m very much touched by the work of Pierre Soulages, Richard Serra, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Cy Twombly, Mark Rothko and also Jong-sang Lee, Gao Xingjian, Il Lee, Yayoi Kusama, Toshio Shibata… I find Gilbert Garcin and Georges Rousse’s work extremely amusing as well. But lately I found myself often amazed by new talents such as Ryoji Ikeda, Won Sou-Yeo, Shinichi Maruyama, Jules Julien, Dan Hillier, Viktor Timofeev, Michael Cina and many more!
AOTW: What else would you like to share with our viewers?
Rery: In addition to my website rery.free.fr and my personal blog rery.tumblr.com where I update my latest work, my art blog rerylikes.tumblr.com reflects pretty well my personality and what inspires me.
AOTW: Thank you, Rery.