Can you tell me a little bit about you?
I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. I hold a BFA degree from School of Visual Arts and MFA degree in Painting and Drawing from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I am currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
What ideas are you exploring in your practice?
My studio practice focuses on transforming my daily life experiences into visual form. I work to capture the process of transformation itself—I want not only to make images, but also to use a canvas as a space to think through the possible relationships between art and experience.
What is your process like?
Colors are the initial marks on my canvas. I try to find light within these colors, which becomes the main character for me to visualize an unknown yet familiar event of the painting. Images of landscapes, plants, animals, and humans are products of discovery within my painting process. I relinquish control over any specific narrative and allow it to happen spontaneously, whenever images collide. The objective is not only to surprise viewers, but to surprise myself with these unexpected collisions.
Do you have any routines or rituals in the studio that get you into the mode or mindset to make your work?
I usually listen to music to get me start painting. BB King, Nina Simone and Patti Smith are the heavy rotations on my Spotify.
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