PHOTOS BY: SHAHANAH ZAYNAH & KIRSTEN ROY
Dimemond Mentality collaborated with Flory Huang, a young talented individual born in Los Angeles, and grew up throughout her teenage years til now, in Vancouver BC.
She is a multi-faceted individual who is only starting to get more recognition for her many focuses and strengths in health and fitness, working in the digital design world, but most prominently her production in her artwork. Her artwork presents a unique outlook on creating pieces that construct organic shapes, present abstract portraits, and also conceptual painting on varying texturized surfaces.
DM was enthusiastic to sit down and get further acquainted with Flory by discussing her pieces of art work, what has helped her continue to find creative drive, and why art is one of her greatest outlets. We also got well acquainted with her pet cat, Luma, who also inspires her surrounding and energy when creating!
One of the first questions Flory was asked, is why "art"?
Why is art her chosen outlet or more importantly how did art choose her?
Art is always accessible. How you engage, utilize, learn and approach compositions is what truly sets you apart from other individuals. Creating art always seems a “tangible way for introspection”. Flory’s artwork is truly diversified and versatile as she not only creates on paper or canvas, but also explores different textures to create on such as plywood, and sporting hardware such as long board and skateboard surfaces.
Although being the creator of art pieces, and taking on a choice to create and sell pieces of art as apart of one’s lifestyle, Flory is very grateful for her inspiration and becoming attracted to art at a young age, pushed her to carry along her curiosity, energy, and growing talent for it until today. She recalls her parents being very open to getting her into drawing classes after school in her elementary years, and slowly building a skill palette for art, as she continued to form into the individual she is today. Even though her first piece of art she ever created was a formation of melting crayons on wax paper, and it becoming a “smear of just colours all over the place”, it has brought her to becoming the artist that she is today. The little details matter.
Flory also shared in moments as she continues to pursue her goals of being an ambitious artist, particularly here in Vancouver BC. She continues to learn what it means to create art with full commitment, whole-heartedly. She believes that as an artist, there is always the feeling of vulnerability, and surrendering to " "createing experiences or inspiring connections".
She feels very aware of the notion of the starving artist but is practicing how to overcome the fear of the unknown and continues to create and seek opportunities to share her work and exploring further.
Just in the last year, Flory was able to share her art pieces in different environments, in different parts of North America (so far!).
She was featured in “BOOOOOOOM”, an online blog and editorial that shares and posts of stories in the various levels of art and media.
Also featured in the Chicago made, The Point, magazine for a collection she completed, that further discusses essays and criticisms on contemporary lifestyle and culture.
And just recently she hosted a gallery night in Vancouver BC, “Time to Bloom”. A collection of art pieces that expresses and celebrates her growth as an artist thus far, and also displayed a new chapter for as an young individual ready to take on the new challenges, and also the rewarding experiences of being able to communicate, express, and evoke art.
Being able to create artwork is not easy. It takes a lot of discipline, an open mind, and the mentality to be open to change.
CONTINUE LEARNING: In order to grow as an individual, you must be able to understand that life encompasses learning experiences, everyday. The experiences and lifestyle in which you embody, invites you to see and learn so much more.
LIVE AND PLAY: Always make room to experience life, rather than just working. By creating spaces to experience, it can lead to different connections and inspirations.
CREATING AND DESTROYING: In order to grow, there is a transformation that takes place; an evolution cycle. Look at ways to revitalize, reframe, and how to experience creation.
"When I feel something doesn't serve me anymore (want or need), I "destroy" it for the sake of space to create something else, or to recreate it into another.”