Artist Catalina Ouyang Steps Into The Latest Bridalwear In ALIVE Wedding

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Currently based in St. Louis, emerging artist Catalina Ouyang is the star of ALIVE Wedding’s first fashion editorial, “Dream On,”  and although she has no plans to pursue a formal modeling career, her career has an artist is off to a vibrant start.

Photo by Attilio D'Agostino

Photo by Attilio D’Agostino

Age: 23
Occupation: Artist, etc.
Hometown: Hangzhou, China / Chicago, Illinois / Parsippany, New Jersey

When did you realize you wanted to be an artist?
Good question. I grew up drawing and although I was a good student, I disliked school and had little interest in pursuing anything else. The profession seems to have happened to me.

What mediums do you specialize in?
I would not call myself a specialist in anything, and I don’t like material taxonomies—but I have made sculptures, videos, drawings, digital prints and other sorts of objects. I used to paint and sometimes want to do so again, but it’s daunting. All that … history.

What inspires you in your daily life?
That is a complicated question, lately—with many answers. But in terms of the work: my practice is driven in many ways by anger (which I use as an expansive term). So, that. Micro-aggressions, inequities and whitewashing abound.

Who are some artists you look up to?
This changes all the time. I am a bad fan, I think. Off the top of my head, most recently and consistently … Sara VanDerBeek, Lena Henke, Cosima von Bonin, Math Bass, Lindsay Lawson, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. I take pleasure in looking at visual work but maybe/arguably draw my influences more from writing. I always have in mind Anne Carson and Maggie Nelson.

How would you describe your personal style?
Scrappy but self-possessed, hopefully.

What is something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
I was nine and half pounds when I was born. Enormous.

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