Qieer’s abstract, mind-bending work covers a range of topics, from the spiritual to the industrial. Her wide range of specialties include GIF looping, animation filmmaking, editorial illustration and interactive media design. Qieer’s client list is especially impressive—she has worked with NPR, the New York Times, Spotify, POLITICO. Deutsch and more! She has won numerous awards, and her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally.
We wanted to learn more about Qieer, her background, and what inspires her truly enigmatic artwork.
Directory of Illustration: Why did you choose to pursue a career in illustration/animation/design?
Qieer Wang: I wasn’t sure about it until my junior year in undergrad. That’s when I started to realize my passion path as a visual creator. I believe being a creator can be multi disciplinary, or formats. Just like I started my daily obsession in making comics, and then to drawing, illustration, animations, and to interactive materials. There could always be more that’s unknown, and the unknown is also something that excites me, and inspires me as a creator, daily.
DI: On your website, it says that you are interested in “inner world exploration.” Can you tell us a bit more about that and how it inspires and influences your work?
QW: The inner world, your feelings, and the emotions are the unknown area that are spontaneously existing with the outside world. What I feel can be relatively more real to what I see sometimes. The interesting fact is that there is no universal rule towards how should we feel and what should we feel. The very few boundaries we have right now is that what our psychiatric researchers are working on: the mental illness symptoms. I feel we’re walking on the edge of an enormous amount of unknowns, which really attracts my interest.
DI: Do you have a favorite specialty, between illustration, animation, GIF looping, and interactive media design?
QW: I love all of them in different aspects.
DI: Are there any exciting new projects you are currently working on or have recently completed?
QW: Commissioned wise, I worked on several animation pieces for NPR the last few months, and really looking forward to seeing them get released soon! And I’m currently working on another info animation, these transitions from scene to scene really excite me and hopefully they’ll turn out to be good. I’m also working on two sets of illustrations for a music website, and for a social issue in German. Both are very exciting contents for me to work on. Independent wise, there’re two cool collaboration projects going on, I can’t say too much about it so far, but one animated short, and another interactive web game!
Check out Qieer’s 2018 Animation Reel below, as well as a selection of her illustrations and animations. Qieer is definitely an artist to keep an eye on, and we can’t wait to see what she creates next!