What’s Your Style? Folk Art + Wordplay Makes Artist Evah Fan(tastic)

What’s Your Style? Folk Art + Wordplay Makes Artist Evah Fan(tastic)



-I would say my work often is kind of flat, often with characters
or little stories that I make up. [ Music ] Hi.
I'm Evah. My last name is Fan,
like when you're hot, you need to use the fan. Style is something that — as you get older, it just — it's just like part of you. When you put together
all your body of work or, say, even in your closet — you're like, "Oh, I have so many
of this thing and this thing." And you could just lay it out
and see, like, "Oh, I realize
I like patterns," or, "I like colors." And they all come to you
as clues that you get later. So the main ingredient of my style is a big chunk of meat
that is folk art. And then the noodles part part
would be wordplay. And together,
they make a perfect dish for me. I'm attracted to folk art
because it's so simple. You totally read the emotions. You read, like,
what's happening. They're not so worried about what it is
that they're communicating, although they are sometimes. It's almost like a form of diary
or just — It feels really raw
and immediate, and I like that. Wordplay! So, wordplay, to me,
is kind of like toys. Like how other kids
might play with building blocks or LEGOs or video games, I'll find words
inside of another word. I'll like the sound of it
when I try to pronounce it. I make up stories from it. I read a sentence,
and you kind of do, like, the telephone game
to the next person, and by the end, of course, it's
like a whole different story. "Hearing problem"
becomes "herring fro plum," then "hairy bro bum," and "surf job hairy brumble." What? English is my second language. So,
when you learn a new language, there's always,
like, obstacles, and you try to think of ways
to help you remember things, but sometimes it can be
quite imaginative or something if you allow yourself
to explore a little bit. Developing a style
is not like grocery shopping. You can't go in there today and decide,
"Hey, I'm gonna get my style. I'm gonna get an apple
or a pineapple, and that's me." No.
It all happens in retrospect. Every day for 30 days, find something or make something
that fits in your wallet, and at the end of the month, we'll lay it all out
and see what you have. [ Music ]

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