Meet the Artist: Jennie Lau

Meet the Artist

In this series, we get to know the Artists behind the work with ten questions about their practice, their space, and their ideas. These are their Stories.

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Jennie Lau is an emerging artist based in Toronto. Her work consists of paintings, collage, time-based media, digital art and installation of a broad range of styles. Jennie’s focus is to explore new techniques and subjects of painting, and investigate how her artwork contributes to the local community and beyond. Jennie holds a BFA degree with Distinction in the Drawing & Painting program from OCAD University.

What is the story of how you became an artist?  
My passion for art started at a very young age when I saw a traditional Chinese figure painting at my grandparents’ home. It never ended even though I studied in a different field at University and worked in a different industry. After visiting several museums and galleries across the globe, I decided to create my own artwork seriously, transform and communicate my sensation and interpretation into a new contemporary visual language.

Tell us about your process when creating an artwork.
Usually, I start with some sketches about my ideas. I use sketch books or random pieces of paper with pen, pencil, marker or crayon. I also do digital sketches. Then I stop for a while or a few days. During this period of time, I may ponder at home or at parks about my ideas, think about what information I need to know or collect in order to develop the artwork, and decide if I should do more research in order to present my idea more precisely. I keep adding notes to my sketches until I think it is the right time to start my artwork seriously.  Once I kick off, I will be very focused and committed, regardless of how long it may take me to complete the work. 

You work across a wide range of mediums, how do you approach each one?
Research and experimentation are some of the key approaches.  Sometimes when I have decided the subject, I will consider what is the best medium to finish the artwork. Experience also counts.  For example, to do an abstract painting such as my colour-line series, I may choose acrylic instead of oil because of time efficiency. However, I may go with oil paint or mixed media if I want to achieve some special effects. I have done collage with several mediums and I really embrace digital collage with digital painting/drawing because I know that the overall outcome would hardly be achieved with other traditional mediums.  

‘Through the Isolated Eyes, The Future #2’
Collaged Digital Painting, Foam Core Print
23″ x 31″ x 0.5″

Where do you find inspiration?
Most of my inspiration comes from my life experiences such as traveling, working (in the business sector), reading, everyday activities, or dreams. Some of them can be further inspired with dedicated research. 

How has your work evolved throughout the years?
I started with watercolour and Chinese ink myself and most of the work is representational. After studying at OCAD University, I explored a lot of other mediums and subjects such as acrylic, oil, collage and installation. My work includes abstract, representation, and hybrid. During the pandemic, I have done a lot of digital work as well as Concept art practices. In addition to traditional painting, digital art has become one of my favourites.  

If given the opportunity, what is your dream project?
My dream project would be combining painting and installation in an expanded field such as interior space or public space. I have completed two projects in an interior space early this year and I am eager to try more when opportunities come.

What’s one item in your workspace you cannot live without?
There can be a lot and it also depends on which medium I am working on. But I think the most important item is my cell phone. I use it to record different stages of completion and review my progress to see what I need to fix or improve during the process.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am an interdisciplinary visual artist. In addition, I am a professional in the financial services industry. I am happy to see if people can spot the connection in some of my artwork.

Taking a break from art, how do you spend your free time?
I enjoy reading, listening to music and visiting galleries. I also love traveling. Most of my travels involve visiting museums, galleries, archeological sites/ruins, and sightseeing.

Do you collect art yourself? Who are some of your favourite artists?
Yes, I collect art myself.  One of my uncles is a famous visual artist and I love his Chinese paintings. He gave me some of his paintings when I met him at different times. That is how my art collection journey started. I also collect other Chinese artists’ work. I plan to expand my collection field in future.  

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