CD (me): could you share a little bit about yourself?
NM (nancy mungcal): i wear glasses and currently live in california. i am inspired by my family and friends, music, books, art, photography, design, and travel. i love animals especially pugs and wolves. i wish i could play the guitar. i feel lucky to get to share my work.
NM: i constantly fill notebooks and sketchbooks so i often refer to the things i've drawn or jotted down to inform my work. at other times, the work comes together in the process
CD: who are the most influential artist that you look up to? and what drew you into their work.
NM: i find music and books to be transforming. i find myself insfluenced and inspired by the work of my favorite musicians and writers. i am drawn to the emotions and stories told.
|"her outlook was different"|
CD: your work, in my opinion, sends a beautiful yet melancholic emotion. is this intentional?
NM: thank you for the wonderful compliment. it is unintentional but tends to show up naturally.
|"your black heart"|
CD: how do you like the viewers of your work to feel?
NM: the really amazing thing about art is that the viewer connects to the work in their own way. to me, the biggest compliments about my work i have received have been the ones where my work has reminded the viewer of herself, or a friend, or a sister.
|"two heads are better than one"|
CD: do you have a favorite piece, out of the works you've created?
NM: i don't have a favorite piece but i tend to have some pieces that i can't let go of.
CD: some artists, create a series of their work. do you like doing this? does it influence you to create works based on a theme?
NM: there seems to be prevalent themes in my work like loss, heartache, friendship, duality, sisterhood, and sadness. these seems inherent and are constantly influencing my work.
|"a real mess"|
CD: do you have an inspirational place? if so, where is it and why?
NM: i'm a fan of road trips and finding or discovering new places to be real inspiring. i also find the woods to be amazing magical places
|"the things we share"|
CD: a lot of us were affected by or moved by the gulf oil crisis... what are your views on it? what inspired the creation of "for your friends"?
NM: i found the gulf oil crisis devastating. the images of the animals covered in oil were especially difficult to see. "for your friends" was actually a painting my five year old niece asked me to paint.
|"for your friends"|
CD: can you share some of your future plans, fund-raising causes you participate in, or the direction of your most recent work?
NM: to continue to put my work out there, to find new avenues for my work, and to help when i can to raise funds for causes that i believe in.
|collage of earlier works for the drawing for a cure project|
CD: what keeps you motivated to do what you do?
NM: a love and a fierce (stubborn) determination for the creative process.
|"what matters to us"|
CD: do you have any advice to give aspiring artists?
NM: i'll share the advice i've been given, which are: don't wait, keep putting your work out there, don't give up, and always be brave. i remind myself of these constantly.
|"friends with glasses"|
i hope you enjoyed pretty little thieves!