Interview: Jerome Chia-Horng Lin

Interview: Jerome Chia-Horng LinImage courtesy of Jerome Chia-Horng Lin

Interview: Jerome Chia-Horng Lin

 

Luca Curci talks with the artist Jerome Chia-Horng Lin, the winner of Video Art category of IT’S LIQUID INTERNATIONAL CONTEST 4TH EDITION 2017.

Jerome Chia-Horng Lin was born in 1969, Taipei city, Taiwan. He uses oil paintings and animation as the primary tool for his art creation. He received a formal training in Fine-Arts from high school all the way to National Taiwan Normal University. Later he went to Pratt Institute, New York City in 1997 for the master study. From the beginning he learnt computer animation as medium for art creation. He constantly explores the possibilities in art. Over the past decade, he continues to create a series of works based on the theme of “Water”. Many artworks related to this topic were accumulated in his portfolio. For the past few years, his animations and oil paintings have won numerous awards and exhibited at many festivals and places like London, Miami, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Venice, New York, Taipei, Buenos Aires, Peru.

 

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Luca Curci – What is the message linked to your artworks?

Jerome Chia-Horng Lin – Obviously negativity in artworks attracts more attention and gains fame more easily. I prefer different style instead. I like to adore love in my art. I choose to express water as the theme of my art project because it represents love in essence. It actually reflects my mental responses towards the world, conveying my value system throughout years of experiences. I somehow implied that water has its own will, deciding where to flow regardless of any obstacle it may encounter. It will detour or penetrate in order to reach its destination. Pure, clean water seems to be mild, gentle, and harmless, yet its power cannot be underestimated. Water seems to be carefree and mindless while it has its own will to go in many directions. Water will always disperse into endless elements and reunited as many conglomerates. It constantly transforms its states from liquid to solid or air. The cycle is the force of life. I think it’s a wonderful substance I want to adore. Regardless of how we perceive the image of water, it flows along its own path in a long cycle with or without human intervention. Sometimes love is blind. We often lose our sensible mind when we fall in love. We don’t see the overall picture until we pull ourselves out of the situation. But we often got attracted in this fantastic illusion over and over again. If water has its soul, it knew the cycle will end where it begins. Somehow it still embarks its indefinite journey for the sake of love. It’s something magic, isn’t it?

 

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L. C. – What are you currently working on?

J. C. L. – I don’t have specific exhibition plan at this point. I keep working on more new artworks related to my water project. My next move is to find a suitable agent or gallery to help me with promotion and business issues.

 

L. C. – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?

J. C. L. – For the past decade, I focused on the theme of water particularly. It started when I traveled to some places with my students. On our way back home I gazed upon the rain flowing along the windows of our tour bus. I saw the vivid image of sparkling and colorful of neon lights through intensive water drops. It was amazingly beautiful which inspired me to paint water. Then I did several paintings with the topic, I felt in love deeply with water. I found out many incredible traits possessed by water and learned the reason why water is essential to life forms. I became obsessed with water more and more. The deeper I tap into the topic, the more discovery I obtain via the process. Water represents the magic substance to communicate between material and spiritual world. I create art using the concept to depict many content I want to convey. For me, it’s about the self awareness and the conversation with outside world. It’s the core of my water project.

 

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L. C. – How is being an artist nowadays?

J. C. L. – Well, it’s always difficult to be a professional artist no matter when and where. I think the biggest challenge is always the survival issue. Statistics indicates that overall consumption on art increases for the past few decades, but the average income of artists doesn’t increase. More people are attracted to the field and become artists instead. The patronage infrastructure continues to evolve into a much more complex system. The supply exceeds demand overall. It’s very difficult to evaluate how unbalanced the condition really is. One of factors is that we have a broader range of art activities than ever. The line is extremely blurry and unclear. The identity of artist is also being constantly redefined. Different group of people think of art with different content and meanings. So called professional artist is not equivalent to self-sufficient art maker. Often amateur artists who possessed exceptional performance are defined as professional ones. The loose definition of art itself leads to a very challenge state for artists. What goal should I pursuit and what my future holds? I think of these issues all the time.

 

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L. C. –  What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?

J. C. L. – It’s the process of concept development consumes me the most. But still I enjoy every parts of art creation. Even when I have technical issues to deal with, I take it as a good opportunity to explore and learn new skills. Like i said before, it’s the survival issue bothers artists. It somehow affect artists’ mindset when they brew their next project. It’s hard to say if it’s good or bad.

 

L. C. –  Would you suggest cooperating with us? What do you think about our services?

J. C. L. – I think it’s a good experience to work with you guys. I am lucky to get exposure without a particular agent. Basically you manage well on dealing with many aspects of exhibitions. For an artist like me, both fame and income through art are essential for my career. I would love to see more media coverage of your exhibitions at all times. Overall, I think you guys did a good job! I am glad to work with you.

 

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