Why didn’t you tried to work in a graphic studio instead?
Cyh: I think working in a graphic studio could have been a good idea, it wasn’t my call, I supposed you could not earn a lot of money, just experience. I did not need that, I could learn everything by my own, plus there weren’t many opportunities since I didn’t study here, I didn’t know where to look for.
But the fact that you were studying in the US, speaking English and such, don’t you think it could have been easier to get a job with that kind of background?
Cyh: Well, I guess many people think that way right, but you have to know the professors, they would help you out if you were their students. It was super difficult for me to join this circle.
Have you ever thought about quitting? To stop pursuing an Art career?
Cyh: Yes. Within the first two years, I was struggling, I had many jobs, I taught kids how to draw, I worked in a coffee shop, as a bartender and as an office worker. I tried at least six or seven jobs in two years then I was like « fuck it, I just quit everything and I focus on doing Art! ». I didn’t get paid a lot, I had no money, I was isolated, angry, frustrated and I didn’t want to hang out with people anymore.
Though you were highly productive during this retreat time…
Cyh: Notably yes. During those two years, every day I made at least three, four drawings. Around 2010, 2012 I made around 500, 1000 drawings...