Rachael Gorai-Ng is an old friend of mine from grammar school. She is 18 years old and is a senior at Lowell High School in San Francisco. Two of her pieces of featured above and a self portrait below. I asked her a couple questions about her work...
Why did you start doing ceramics? Your work in 3D?
I have actually never done 3D art before this year. I had always done painting, and it didn't really occur to me to take 3D until I heard we had an AP Studio Art class in 3D at my school.
How do you choose your subjects?
it's hard to choose the subjects for my inspiration. Instead, I like to experiment with different materials and techniques and then choose my subject from the shapes and forms I begin to develop in the process.
What's your favorite piece you've done so far?
My favorite piece so far has been the copper enamel flower jewelry piece. It took me a couple weeks to make and a few extra studio hours, but it was definitely worth it. The extensive process certainly made me appreciate the time and effort that go into jewelry making. I cut the petals of the flower from a copper sheet that I then shaped and enameled separately. [pictured above]
Who is your favorite artist?
I admire Andy Warhol, Yves Klein, and Alexander Calder for their bold colors and bold ideas.
Tell us about a current piece your working on.
Currently I'm working on an abstract piece. Right now, I'm focusing a lot of my pieces on the lives of bees. I made a bee out of wood - a very structured architectural piece - that I'm draping clay over to create another piece out of the outside shape or the negative space inside
Describe your style.
One of my closest friends once described my style as somehwhat preppy boho. haha. I can agree with that though I've always had trouble describing my style exactly. I like earthy colors and patterns, but I also like tucking my shirts in :)
Who are your favorite brands/designers?
I LOVEEEEE free people. My absolute favorite brand. My absolute FAVORITE designer is JMendel. AMAZING SHIT.
What color would your shadow be?
Yellow. Like Sunshine Yellow.