When you look up “badass” in the dictionary, we’re pretty sure you’ll find a picture of Charlotte artist, HNin Nie. And, if you don’t find her photo there, we’re even more sure HNin will design a new dictionary, paint new art for it, develop an amazing, interactive event to unveil it and then cut a video of how awesome the event was. It’s been a busy year for HNin. Among other projects, she’s experimenting with sculpture at Goodyear Arts, helping to found the Southern Ladies Arm Wrestling League (SLAW) and participating in Wheelin’ Art Dealin’, a mobile gallery of Charlotte art which is headed to Art Basel Miami Beach this weekend. So, yeah … she’s everywhere.
We’re kind of amazed we got her to slow down for our 5 Ridiculous Questions …
So far in 2019, you’ve made Putt-Putt and arm wrestling cool. When is potato sack racing finally going to get its due in Charlotte?
Whenever Rebecca Henderson calls me, I’ve already got one foot in.
If you had a magic pass to allow you to film one unattainable place in Charlotte, where would you go?
If you just ask, the answer is fortunately always “yes!” I would love a magic pass to film a kick-butt short in Kate’s Skating Rink with kick-butt women.
So, how is Negative Nancy (a pervasive character in your art) feeling about Baby Yoda right now?
Protect Baby Yoda at all costs.
If you had to listen to one song on a continuous loop for 48 hours, what would it be?
I have and now I cannot listen to Mariah Carey.
What’s your favorite IG photo someone has taken in the “Feels” booth at Portal?
ALL OF THEM! Whoever designed it definitely made sure the lighting hits perfectly.
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