I work in the world, imagine that I am from the planet of Venus and have recently relocated back to Vancouver from Europe.
Fragments of Grey Matter in 2013-14 and then 9_9 in May 2017 are projects released as books and exhibitions. My current project A-mare continues to explore the concept of relational identity through a different aesthetic form. I think of the world as a connected microcosm and macrocosm. Challenging boundaries and reality, respecting diversity and celebrating oneness are important to me as a human being and therefore as an artist. Life has been about external and internal journeys and their relationships.
Being an artist is a privilege and being one bears a responsibility.
Globalisation, migration and consumerism among many common human issues have generated questions regarding our identity as individuals and in relation to the others.
Following Fragments of Grey Matter which examines the notion of beauty in a not-so-aesthetic environment with a self-transformed perspective, 9_9 examines the multi-layered questions of identity and reality through relating with other artists and expressing "our" identity through our shared self-portraits. The "dual self-portrait" is a symbol of our collective search for our unique voice. Exploring sense of belonging is perhaps best done via creating communities.
Project A-mare ("to love, to sea") integrates the essence of what maybe our life source, our oceans which are fluid, our mothers of sorts and of our unconsciousness. It is a celebration of living in diversity and a journey towards our roots, perhaps, towards our shared humanity--the good bad and ugly.
Overall, Art has become a tool, an experience as well as a visual result which can then be
a source of inspiration for many. I invite viewers of my work to ask questions and construct their own.
We can all be Artists in Life.
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