Mylene Chung is a Filipino artist of Chinese descent who divides her time between illustration, painting, and cooking photography. Her work is a mix of soft watercolor brushstrokes and random marks that spread across the paper.
Hello Mylene, who are you? How would you define yourself?
I'm Mylene. A feline girl of Chinese-Filipino origin who loves to play with paint, dots, and lines.
Where were you born? Do you still live there?
Although I am of Chinese descent, I was born and raised in the Philippines. I'm still here and I don't think I'll ever live anywhere else.
When did you decide to become an artist?
Since I was very young, I have always dabbled in different forms of art. I currently work full time as a food photographer and actually run a food photography and styling studio here in the Philippines. Painting and illustration started as a hobby but little by little I'm starting to work on it full time too.
How would you define your style in one sentence?
You can describe my work as a mix of soft watercolor brush strokes and random marks. I usually work with neutral tones, unless a project calls for a different color palette. Sometimes I like to mix things up by integrating digital elements into my work.
Your weaknesses? Your strengths?
I can be indecisive at times and too much of a perfectionist. But with abstract art, I have learned to appreciate the beauty of mistakes and spontaneity. I'd like to think that a decade of working as a photographer has given me an insight into composition and color that I can translate into my work as an artist.
What would you say makes you different?
I like to play with subtle contrast. I usually start each piece with soft monochrome undertones in the form of light brush strokes and finish it off with distinctive markings in the form of random lines, shapes and patterns.
What do you find most fascinating about creativity?
Creativity is as simple as trying something. You never know what you are capable of unless you put it down on paper.
Which of your works do you have a special affection for?
Fall Markings II is one of my favorites. It started out as a color test card that I reworked with random black and white patterns, until suddenly it felt like a finished piece that I can be proud of.
What inspires or influences you when creating?
I have been blessed with a very supportive family and friends who push me to always go further. I also admire contemporary artists like Heather Day, Anna Beam, Bobby Clark, Laura Horn, Eileen Noonan, and Kit Agar. I think they stepped up the game in abstract art and are constantly influencing people like me to keep creating.
Do you have a new project or idea in hand?
I'm looking forward to creating larger pieces by integrating some new techniques I've been practicing.
2025 Where do you see yourself?
Working in a large art studio overlooking a lake and lots of greenery.
Finish the sentence: When the going gets tough… take a step back and try something new, you'll realize it wasn't as hard as you first thought.
a favorite place
Anywhere in Japan. If I had to be more specific... Tokyuu hands
with money in their pockets.
What would you do if you could change the world?
Curing diseases as harmful as cancer.
Penultimate question… Favorite song?
Yiruma's River Flows in You still gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.
You have an E-mail, I am a big fan of the old Tom Hanks movies.