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Alumni Studio Visit: Misato Pang (MFA 2019)

NYSS: Describe a typical day in studio.

Misato Pang: Honestly, I don’t think I have a “typical day.” Depending on my mood and day, sometimes I paint out in the landscape or at home with the figure, and sometimes I experiment with whatever that comes to my mind.

NYSS: Take us through your process. What are some of the parameters or problems you set up for yourself within your work?

MP: I trust my instinct when it comes to encountering moments that are visually intriguing, which leads to deeper inquiry and exploration. Taking photographs of everyday scenery is a way for me to analyze compositions and understand the importance of plane shifts, rhythm, temperature, color, and scale amongst many formal issues related to painting. It helps me consider the edges of a surface, the gravity and tension that holds an image together, and most importantly, the mystery that is contained within a good painting. Everything that pertains to the formal issues of painting is a subject of interest to me. 

NYSS: How has your practice changed during this time of social distance? Have you had to adapt to a new way of working?

MP: With the global pandemic, I have had to relocated multiple times during the year. A big consideration for my studio equipment is the portability of mediums and surfaces that could be packed up easily. I began experimenting with watercolor, ink, color pencils, and acrylic that is more household friendly; I also began using paper because it is versatile and easy to transport. As an indirect result, my work changed from oil to mixed media, most of which takes the form of collages. I also began pursuing artists near and far via virtual studio visits and IG live interviews, which helped me feel connected to a community when I lived in Asia. I believe that it will continue to grow and become a big part of my practice.

NYSS: What do you keep in the studio for inspiration? Reference material, books about particular artists, music, certain objects …

MP: “Color Creates Light: Studies with Hans Hofmann” by Tina Dickey continues to refine my understanding of effective drawing and the power of visual language. It provides many ways through which I can engage with the world and embrace a diverse aesthetic. I also find that virtual studio visits and artists simultaneously challenges and solidifies my role as an artist as well as my perspective on art.

NYSS: Do you listen to anything while you work?

MP: Tiny Desk concerts or silence.

NYSS: How did studying at the New York Studio School influence your work? Do you have a favorite memory?

MP: The Studio School has and will continue to be a big part of my life as a person. The program served as a foundation for my understanding of art and helped me look at paintings in a whole new way. My favorite memory will always be the Drawing Marathons— hours of drawing from a life model, and spending the evening discussing and learning from each other’s drawings. Those moments are very special and could not be replicated elsewhere.

NYSS: Are there any upcoming shows or projects on the horizon you would like to share?! And where can people see your work digitally?

MP: My work could be found on Instagram @misatopang and my website at misatopangart.com.

And I will be participating in four shows this summer:
July 14- Aug 31 @treatgallery
July 30- Sep 10 @cunstgallery
Aug 2 – Sep 30 NYSS Alumni show @artsy
Aug 3- Aug 21 @bowery_gallery


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