Angie Pai is a multidisciplinary, Melbourne-based artist who loves to kick around in her ASICS GEL-Kayanos and make dumplings when she’s procrastinating.
In honour of IWD and to celebrate the inspirational women who make up the Hype community, Angie sat down with us to chat about her artistic practice and the strong female role models she’s lucky enough to be inspired and guided by.

“I think my practice is someone I’d like to know. She carries ruddy aching, and questions my nonsensical self-loathing in a way that‘s harnessed,” muses Angie.

It’s an interesting concept. If Angie’s art is a woman she wants to get to know, we think it’s time we got to know Angie and her art little more intimately too.

We’re no strangers to Angie’s work though – we’ve been following her career for over five years. Fast forward to 2020 and Angie’s art has grown exponentially in complexity and maturity. Her works have caught the eye of Vogue and are exhibited and for sale in some of Australia’s top galleries, including Metro Gallery.

It’s clear Angie’s approach to art is multi-layered and distinctly personal. When asked what she’s inspired by, Angie simply answers: “family.”

Her mother’s influence is perhaps most prevalent in her work. In 2019 Angie debuted a short film titled Listen to Mama.

“Listen to Mama is about my mother’s evolving relationship with Taoism through an everyday lens.

“When I spiral over being a paradox of myself, I think about my mother. We are both sides of the same coin. She feels no need to justify herself, which is badass,” explains Angie.

It’s clear she’s had some pretty strong female role models up to this point in her life, so it’s not surprising that in the lead up to International Women’s Day, Angie’s been reflecting on the issues facing women in 2020.

“...I’ve been ruminating on the relentless and cruel comparisons we draw between ourselves and other (often incredible) women. I was with my friend Maddy last night, speaking of our insecurities. It hurt hearing our words. I wished I could gift her with all she already is. And I ached to see myself through her eyes,” says Angie.

When asked what she thinks of this year’s IWD theme #EachforEqual, Angie reflects on the role accountability plays in achieving equality.

“It would be nice if more people held themselves accountable when they mess up. We all suck sometimes. Own it and we can level up together,” says Angie.

Her advice for women to help empower other women: “Listen to each other. Maybe especially when it feels difficult, if you can.”

To check out more of Angie’s art, head to her website here or follow her social media adventures here.