INTERVIEW: CHIHYANG HSU | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: CHIHYANG HSU

Interviews | April 18, 2022 |

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Image courtesy of Chihyang Hsu

Interview: Chihyang Hsu
Luca Curci talks with Chihyang Hsu during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, held at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at ITSLIQUID ART SPACE – Venice Grand Canal.

At the age of nine, I was diagnosed with color blindness. That moment struck me with the realization that the world was more complicated than I had imagined. It stretched beyond the limits of my perception. My sense of sight submerged under a narrow chromogenic bandwidth. My sight affects the common practice of individual communication. Failing to recognize some wavelengths in the spectrum reduces the ground I share interacting with others, and I need to bypass the indistinct visual evidence to accomplish my description, to fit myself in with the crowd.In order to explicitly describe the world, we rely on the abundance of language to shape experience into coherent meaning. However, there are some moments I find that language itself becomes a form of confusion, and there are other moments I find that it falls short of encompassing the complexity of the earthly state of our existence. Art allows me to expand the common use of language, both verbal and visual. Making art is a process of embodying my thoughts on communication and perception.

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Image courtesy of Chihyang Hsu

I have wondered how and why I came to lens-based art. When I was in kindergarten, I once drew my mom’s face a weird color. Neither the teacher nor I regarded that as a new door opening to my creativity. She said I was special with a sarcastic undertone I could perceive even as a child. I started to turn away from drawing, and, moreover, from associating my hands with creation. By transforming life into tangible evidence with a camera, I feel more rooted even though the changing meaning of day-to-day experience is still hard to grasp. The ambiguous reality in lens-based art reminds me of the drawing of my mom. It’s the door to creation, and, possibly, different ways of communication.

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Image courtesy of Chihyang Hsu

Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Chihyang Hsu –
I make light-hearted works and use my art to connect with the viewers. Sometimes, I also use art to communicate the reconciliation of personal history and bring attention to the marginalized individual. To achieve consolidation, I hope to build an inclusive community where everyone feels comfortable to show their vulnerability and fear.

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Image courtesy of Chihyang Hsu

LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
CH –
At the age of nine, I was diagnosed with color blindness. That moment struck me with the realization that the world was more complicated than I had imagined. It stretched beyond the limits of my perception. My sense of sight submerged under a narrow chromogenic bandwidth. My sight affects the common practice of individual communication. Failing to recognize some wavelengths in the spectrum reduces the ground I share interacting with others, and I need to bypass the indistinct visual evidence to accomplish my description, to fit myself in with the crowd. In order to explicitly describe the world, we rely on the abundance of language to shape experience into coherent meaning. However, there are some moments I find that language itself becomes a form of confusion, and there are other moments I find that it falls short of encompassing the complexity of the earthly state of our existence.

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Image courtesy of Chihyang Hsu

Art allows me to expand the common use of language, both verbal and visual. Making art is a process of embodying my thoughts on communication and perception. I have wondered how and why I came to lens-based art. When I was in kindergarten, I once drew my mom’s face a weird color. Neither the teacher nor I regarded that as a new door opening to my creativity. She said I was special with a sarcastic undertone I could perceive even as a child. I started to turn away from drawing, and, moreover, from associating my hands with creation. By transforming life into tangible evidence with a camera, I feel more rooted even though the changing meaning of day-to-day experience is still hard to grasp. The ambiguous reality in lens-based art reminds me of the drawing of my mom. It’s the door to creation, and, possibly, different ways of communication.

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Image courtesy of Chihyang Hsu

LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
CH –
My artworks are focused on the complexity of family history and bring multiple sensations to a viewing experience. I believe that seeing/viewing/looking is a multi-sensational activity. People’s comment is always considered a part of my works. I wish their encounter with my works can evoke some hidden or peripheral senses and memories.

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
CH –
Both exciting and confusing.

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Image courtesy of Chihyang Hsu

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition? What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
CH –
We interact with the world through our bodies. The body essentially becomes a language that expresses ourselves nonverbally. It requires our respect and effort to understand this individual language so that building a harmonious society can be less challenging.

LC – What do you think about the ITSLIQUID Platform?
CH –
ITSLIQUID is a platform that provides artists a great opportunity to engage with the art world in a broad sense. It is very professional and inclusive. It cares about every artist’s voice and brings excellent exhibition quality. I believe the installation photo of individual work would be very helpful for the artists to build a strong portfolio.

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