Stephanie Siu
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Visual Artist

Stephanie Siu

Carlton, Melbourne
Tell us about you?
I am a visual artist from Hong Kong, based in Melbourne, and I specialise in realistic oil and acrylic paintings. Portraitures have always been one of my favourite subjects to paint as I love exploring the different visual details and features that each person has, and replicating that in a painting to convey personality and emotion. In the recent year or so, I've also enjoyed venturing into painting seascapes as I love to explore the visual complexities of it. My inspiration comes from both the environment around me, as well as how I make sense of my thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
Stephanie Siu
What influences you?
One contemporary visual artist that I really admire is John Yuyi, a Taiwanese artist based in NY. Her ability to connote ideas and commentary on a technology-driven era through bizarre and at times confronting imagery amazes me. Relating back to my own practice, John Yuyi's work challenges me to think outside the box and step out of my comfort zone. I also love to explore different artists from various genres, learn about their practices and creative processes.
What Motivates you as an Artist? 
Creating art is something that I’ve always been passionate about. I am intrigued by the visual environments around me and I am constantly inspired by everything and anything. My motivation is mostly internal - the desire to visually replicate an idea often overwhelms me as I get a rush of inspiration., forcing me to get to work!
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on a new portraiture piece of a friend of mine which I've kind of neglected for a while but slowly getting back into it!
What does the theme 'United' mean to you?
I believe the theme of 'United' comes timely amidst the current pandemic. This year has been especially polarizing - lockdowns, protests, US elections, etc. - and hopefully through music and art, we can foster a sense of unity and take time to reflect on ourselves as a collective.
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