17.06.11 by Jeff

Andrea Wan / Interview

Say hello to Andrea Wan! She is one of the four Canadian artists who created work for our “Afterlife” project with Poketo.





Booooooom x Poketo Afterlife Series Interview with artist Andrea Wan

Hello Andrea, where are you right now?

I’m sitting in front of my glowing rectangle at my semi-messy desk.

You and I both got our degrees studying film at Emily Carr and I’m doing nothing film related at the moment, do you have plans to make a film? Maybe an animation?

I don’t have plans to make a film at the moment but I’m open to working with all kinds of mediums and projects. I have a lot of respect for filmmakers, because I understand how difficult and time consuming it can be. Making another animated film would be fun, but it would be even nicer if I have someone to help me on the actual animation part!

I loved that animation you made in school! I guess I asked because when I look at your drawings now I like to imagine what sounds would accompany them.

I’ve never heard anyone say that about my drawings before but that’s an interesting way to look at it! I think if my characters have sounds they’d whisper… with their voices overpowered by the sound of the landscapes.

Booooooom x Poketo Afterlife Series Interview with artist Andrea Wan

Was your time spent in Denmark what really developed your drawing style?

I’m not sure either…it just happened while I was there. I think the change of environment and lifestyle naturally influenced my way of seeing things and my drawing style. Being bored and alone also helped with creativity.

What were some of your favourite books growing up?

I was always drawn to illustrated books when I was a kid – I liked stories by Roald Dahl, Where is Waldo, and a series of amazing books about the human body by Genichiro Yagyu. I also remember reading a lot of choose your own adventure sci-fi/mystery books.

Booooooom x Poketo Afterlife Series Interview with artist Andrea Wan

Do you listen to music while you work?


What kind of music?

Depends on my mood. I like all kinds of music but especially shoegaze, new wave and post punk.

Who are some of the artists that are influencing you now?

Recently I’ve been looking at art that has a raw or naive quality. Some of the artists I like are Misaki Kawai, The Bambam Collective, Yosuke Yamaguchi, and my friend Peter Larsson, who makes amazing animations.

Booooooom x Poketo Afterlife Series Interview with artist Andrea Wan

Do you ever write stories?

I always find writing difficult…maybe that’s why I chose to draw what’s on my mind. When I was a kid my favorite thing to do was recording improvised stories on cassette tapes. These stories usually involved animals having conversations while going on a journey of exploration, accompanied by a theme song I made up at the end. I still have a big collection of these  tapes at home and I’ve always wanted to do something with them.

I am going to force you to let me listen to them the next time I’m at your house. Can you talk a little bit about your thought process making the artwork for this wallet?

Lately I’ve been interested in drawing a lot of ghosts, horses, snakes and people with masks. It’s a mix of different associations from my personal experiences, but some of them also fit well into the theme of afterlife. When I worked on the wallet, I imagined these creatures from the underworld coming out from the water and then hiding their spirits in shells on a beach. They live in the shells until they’re ready to move onto their next lives.

Booooooom x Poketo Afterlife Series Interview with artist Andrea Wan

Booooooom x Poketo Afterlife Series Interview with artist Andrea Wan

Would you consider yourself a spiritual person?

In a way I am. I’m very much into learning about myself through investigating my dreams and subconscious.  I often have very vivid dreams and I see them as messages sent from myself with my gut feeling. Similar to dreaming, I like to create art that is immediate and honest so that it helps me discover more about myself during the creative process.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently preparing for a solo show coming up this Fall at Catalog Gallery in Vancouver (Oct 7 – Nov 7).

Booooooom x Poketo Afterlife Series Interview with artist Andrea Wan

To see more of Andrea’s work, head over here.

To see the entire Poketo x Booooooom “Afterlife” series go here.

Now I’m gonna give away one of Andrea’s wallets! If you’d like to win it leave a comment below with an encouraging message to Andrea! I’ll pick a winner on Monday!

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Keep on truckin!

  • Dithreabhach

    Andrea’s work just blows me away! Will definitely add her to my “must watch out for” list.

  • Keep calm and carry on!

  • these are brilliant! fantstical work!

  • Dan Zulu


  • NormalesChaos

    wow, absolutely gorgeous.

  • Hey Andrea,
    Your drawings are beautiful and the way you describe your working style kinda reminds me of mine, which somehow makes me figure I’ll eventually get to a place where I get to give interviews and maybe even live off art. Thanks for being super inspiring.

  • i love those! so structured and architectural and yet so dreamy.
    keep the great work up! ps – making a messy desk less messy always helps

  • Elise!

    Your art is beautiful and we love you!

  • Stan Elias

    keep on shoegazin ;)

  • Leanne

    Yours is the first artwork i’m seeing after lazer eye surgery! Beautiful thing to behold, thankyou!

  • hello miss, please keep up worb because ist just good and inspiring. and on top of that is art a nice hobby. imagine the whole lot of spare time you would have to fill then.

  • Elizabeth

    I love what you said about the whispering sounds of your characters being overpowered by the sounds of the landscape. Your work is so nice. I had four snakes in my dream last night.

  • lucy

    yes! I absolutely love these! keep going the the brilltastic art!! (brilliant+fantastic!)

  • Anna

    Your art reminds me of my childhood. It’s fabulous and magical. I also like the same music as you. Keep on inspiring and making such beautiful dreamlike images.

  • Vlad

    This work is awesome!

    And Andrea, on a scale of 1-10 on how much you can do anything you want, you’d be a 142857.

  • Rebeca

    absolutely beautiful

  • here a whole lotta ENCOURAGING MESSAGES love:

  • Magda

    Your work is fantastic! Literally, there is an eerie mood of fantasy within all the pieces I have seen. The ghostly presence really imitates a spiritual undertone that all seems to inhibit your work. Nonetheless, keep up the fantasy that is now in your work, it is awesome!


  • Ted

    Awesome interview. Andrea blows me away. I want to go to her fantastic worlds. xxoxoxox

  • Please make an animation because your work is incredible! -tys

  • Nick Roth

    You don’t need inspirational words! Your art is amazing!

  • Rik

    Andrea, your work has a lot of emotions worked in to it and that makes it feel very personal. I really like that and I think you’re an amazing artist for being able to do so (I am not :P)

    If you were to team up with someone to work on animations, I think the result could be fantastic and I would love to see it. I agree with the idea that your characters would only whisper ever so slightly while the main auditive focus would be on the environments you create.

    It’s kind of a shame that this will seem like an attempt to draw attention to get a bigger chance to win your wallet, but you really deserve all of the praise you get here :)

    (Also, I could really use a new wallet :P)

  • Woah I really love the idea~ the ghosts swimming out of the water~ and hiding the spirits in a shell~ its very meaningful artwork~~ OHOh and the sounds that go with the swimming ghosts it ‘d be so funny if its like kids mur muring – whisper ish sounds thats goes on and on and kinda fades away! that’d be so cool lol!its like they finally got a hcance to come out of the water and they are all sharing their experiences etc… ~ just an idea LOL! by the way!! I WANT the wALLET!!!!!

    ps. good job on the interview Jeff & way to go Andrea!!!

  • ni_kol

    i wan a wallet
    to keep you in my pocket
    because you inspire me
    to first take in the greater picture
    let the details fade to whisper
    and investigate my dreams

  • clarise

    fantastic work!
    I love your choice of colors!
    Everything is so colorful yet it has this water-downed effect at the same time..
    i like.

  • DalaLuz

    Sometimes it is in dreams that we can find the truth of the world. I love the way your art creates questions, wonderment, I wish you could come visit my dreams and paint them :-)
    Your work actually reminds me a lot of a midieval Dutch artist I really enjoy, Jeroen or Hiëronymus Bosch, mixed with Escher (who himself preferred not to be called an artist).
    I love the layering, moving from one reality in another. Drawings that keep reveiling themselves to you again and again… The painting with the ocean/shelves actually would be something that I would start seeing in the flowery wallpaper as a child when I was having fevers… Right on that edge of scary and fascinating!

  • Nice interview. The response is insane!

  • beautiful fantasy with an edge. want it.

  • Flopup

    Keep on doing what you love with passion, ingenuity, sincerity and freedom. I hope your work will continue to inspire and evoke emotions! :)

  • Erin

    Your imagination is just incredible. You have a gift that most people would make a deal with the devil just to get.

  • your work is funny and very thought-provoking…continue!

  • Lucas

    Stellar bro

  • Very cool article. The illustrations really take me back to the days I actually used to read books lol it’s been too long.

  • I’m seriously not gonna try to top the comments above, honestly- I just want the wallet. As would everyone- so yeah, that would be my message- all these people, including me, that responded so quickly want the wallet because they think it’s awesome.

    You don’t need a message of encouragement, when you are already exceptional and adored. And that would be my message of encouragement.

    Good example of irony kids.

  • Jenny Chen

    Keep up the awesome work, Andrea!


  • Chelsea

    Beautiful work. Its also encouraging to see a fellow Emily Carr media grad, and where they are now. Just keep going!

  • Oh dear Andrea, I’d die for that!
    Im so happy for you&poketo! good job! :))

  • Nicole

    A beautiful collision of Frank Muir and Dali, quite exquisite. Thanks and long may you continue X

  • her art is so simplistic, yet really alluring in a way. It is enchanting, which is an effect that I’m slowly trying to work into my own art, as an aspiring artist. it really is very very inspirational!

  • Mario

    your awesomeness feels my heart with happiness Andrea! :3

  • Avery

    I love to see the unintentional story telling through art. Each of these has a wonderful thought behind it, even though the story teller claims she isn’t good at it.

  • Your art is good.

  • Steven Duncan

    i follow booooooom.com because it fosters my creativity. There are a few chance opportunities when I see something that resembles the little ink doodles that I do. Seeing the first piece with the crocodile swimming in water coming out of a figure’s mouth reminds me that I have creativity in me. Your art helps me to see that I have potential. Your work makes me want to practice and improve. Thanks for developing this talent of yours :) best of luck.

  • lapetitefaon

    my god all the creatures in the water with the masks on…what a stunning image!

  • the winner of the andrea wan wallet is NI_KOL for the play on words hahha so good

  • Renato Dantas

    Parabéns por sua arte andrea, trabalho maravilhoso. bjs

  • jaime

    thanks for share whit us your beautifulllllllllllllllllllll work !


  • zizi baluba

    seems very Dali like…. nice

  • Alper


  • Dear Andrea, keep being awesome.

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