1. Can you tell us about your QAF funded project?
My project, “An Apple in Central Park”, is a new series of painting started from last summer in Central Park, which is reflecting my most current efforts as a continuous exploration about the possibilities of creating an authentic pictorial structure on the working surface. It is an in depth exploration of landscape painting tradition, as well as the contribution to the continuums of art with a simple question: what I can do to the genre of landscape as a contemporary painter?
In my Scotland Artist’s Residency period last fall, I was aware of the influence of gravity in the life force and forms of landscapes. After I came back to New York, I went back to Central Park and experienced enormous visual refreshment. The geography shifts and the intensity of these experiences is now strongly push the project forward. It is expected to be presented in the exhibition in Studio 34 Gallery this October.
2. How do you think this project will impact the community?
The process and the result of the research on this unique issue in painting will be shared with the artist community and the general public through the representing of the works in the fall exhibition. I will be always accessible via email, studio visit or my website to the community in terms of art making. Moreover, as an artist, when we live out our humanity, we are making this world a better place.
3. How has QCA been helpful in the grant process?
QCA is very informative, easy accessible in terms of helping the artists. I attend the information section for the grant and gained much better understanding of the application requirements, its process, and many other aspects. The staffs are all patient, knowledgeable, and efficient. It is a gem in the community.
4. Here is your chance, what do you want everyone to know about you as an artist and your process?
My goal as an artist is through decades of consistent in-depth working with visual language, which is deeply rooted in the history of art, to contribute the new perspective or innovative works to the contemporary art world. The consistent in-depth working is a counter force to the contemporary art trend which privileges breadth over depth and might eventually dilute the culture. I hope this goal can be achieved through the yearly/biennial project of painting series in an intensive studio practice schedule.