Chie, Rebirth bears, 2013
Luca Curci talks with artist Chie during LIQUID ROOMS – THE LABYRINTH exhibition in Venice.
Born in Osaka, Japan, Chie came to New York to study graphic design at the School of Visual Arts from 1998 to 2001. After graduating, she worked for five years at MTV networks, where she worked on the show Gutterpups for a year and a half on air. Wanting to expand her creative life beyond graphic design, Chie returned to SVA to study fine arts and received her masters in 2012. She has exhibited in many galleries all over the world, including Allegra La Viola Gallery (NY), Space Womb Gallery (NY), Nord Art (Germany), Liquid Rooms (Italy) and she won the shortlist from London International Creative Competition in 2013.
Chie, Liquid bear 01, 2015
Luca Curci – Your work has just been exhibited during LIQUID ROOMS – THE LABYRINTH exhibition in Venice: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo? How was your experience with the organization, the staff, the venue and all the artists involved?
Chie – It was really funny experience to me. The most interesting part was the building. I only had experienced to show my works at modern galleries or studios, so having a show in a classical building such as Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, was very exciting. Atmosphere of each room was also really mysterious, so this place was really good to have interesting art events in the future. All staff was really nice and heart warming, so I loved them.
Chie, The final room- The 8TH Chakra / white purification and recurrence, 2012
L. C. – Which was the moment you preferred most during the two openings?
C. – I actually cannot tell you about it because I only attended my opening, and this one at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi has been really funny.
Chie, Ki (tree) #02, 2014
L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?
C. – I recently had drown many unformed bears and wanted to show them somewhere. Then, I got you’re your email. When I saw the title of “Liquid Rooms”, I thought that my unformed bears must match with your show.
Chie, Divine guidance wall 01, 2011
L. C. – What are you currently working on?
C. – I’m drawing giant bears that are inspired by nature. I’m making half 3D bears with wood and many other materials. This is recycle. All bears have the name of trees at NYC. I’m trying to develop some colored works. I haven’t used colors for long time, so it is a new big challenge to me. I started to make ceramic works by clay a few years ago. I think it is time to open up my works to contemporary art. Print works by computer, using graphic design skills.
Chie, The final roomHE – The oth chakra / brown emotional, 2012
L. C. – What is art for you?
C. – A few years ago, I wrote a poem about art. So, I put it as an answer to this question:
Art is manifestation.
Art is realization.
Art is passion.
Art is struggle.
Art is honesty.
Art is innocence.
Art is humor.
Art is entertainment.
Art is love.
Art is hate.
Art is intuition.
Art is meditation.
Art is healing.
In fact, Art is just simple.
Art is just an ordinary life.
Chie, Elm hybirds • nire, 2014
L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?
C. – I just worked with you, so I cannot tell you everything, but it’s really a great organization. In the USA, unfortunately, so many organization and galleries care of money more than art works, so they only give us a few limited chances. However, you give us opportunities. It’s totally fair and I really like your ways. I hope to work together with you again in the future.
L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?
C. – I have already told you in previous question, but definitely, yes.