8 Questions with Laura Gao

Laura Gao is a queer artist, author, and bread lover. Her debut graphic memoir, Messy Roots, will be released in March 2022. www.lauragao.com / www.instagram.com/heylauragao / www.twitter.com/heylauragao


Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to speak any language in the world, fluently. Imagine all the people, cultures, and stories this can unlock!


What is your most treasured possession?

As a nomadic artist, I don’t really own much since I have to fit all my possessions into two suitcases and shoes take up most of it! But when I’m not traveling, my black Fuji racer bike is my baby. I’ve gone on several long-distance adventures on it back in California.


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Sitting in a car with my best friends, singing throwback hits to the top of our lungs and making each other laugh as the sun sets, secretly wishing the traffic slowed down so our time would never end.


What is your motto?

You’ll never know unless you try.


How would you like to die?

Without any pain or regrets. If there is pain, at least it’ll be worth it if I was doing something super heroic, like diving to save a child from a speeding car, not something sad like stepping on a lego and tripping down the stairs.


If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

If in the future, humans start developing superpowers, I’d want to be reborn as one of them. Maybe someone with teleportation or the ability to learn any skill in a flash!


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Intelligence or perfection. Society always rewards those who have degrees in higher education or spent decades perfecting a craft. However, some of the most creative and groundbreaking individuals learn how to adapt, learn, and fix things on the spot. I never listen to anyone who says “you can’t do X because you never studied it.”


What is your current state of mind?

Self-love and solitude! For most of my life, I’ve lived with family or friends and this is the first time I’m spending significant time alone and in new places around the world. I’m working on loving myself without any external opinion or affirmation.