Name: André Wee
City: Brooklyn and Singapore
So, Andre, what’s your story?
It’s been about a year since I have graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and I have been working and moving between two countries, America and Singapore.
At what age did you an interest for art?
Ever since I watched my mom draw my favourite television characters for me as a kid and when I stumbled across some loose doodles my dad did tucked away in a “Marvel: How to draw comics” guide book.
How would you describe your style?
I think that my “style” would be subtle and complex. (At least in the way I hope it is seen of course).
What inspires you?
The feeling of displacement and being in a limbo drive my more personal works as themes of hybrid cultures and anything to do with a grey area affect me directly.
I am also inspired by spending too much time in galleries and museums and whatever is on Netflix, the cinema and in the books I read.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on freelance work that range from editorial illustrations to concept art and to content for virtual reality!
What’s most important in life?
I think that the pursuit of understanding each other.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I honestly don’t know, I’m moving around so much it sometimes is a little hard to know where home is at the moment. Wish me luck on finding it!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a kid? Everything.
While growing up, I loved art and biology. I also think I just wanted to help people and got myself involved in both fields.
Even when I was drafted into the military (mandatory service) as a paratrooper, I volunteered aid in the medical treatment because I just really enjoyed figuring out how to best treat an injury and I got to surround myself with medical diagrams- which I loved studying.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
Like I mentioned earlier, in my personal work, I am hugely motivated by being in a state of transition.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
I hope to be able to create a variety of works for a variety of purposes. Somewhat like Eiko Ishioka or James Jean- both inspirational people who have found ways of bringing their art and skill to different fields.
Q/A with André Wee
André Wee finds inspiration in his travels between Singapore & Brooklyn
by Nadia Tanian /February 26, 2015