Interview: Hsiung Yu
Luca Curci talks with Hsiung Yu during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021 – 14TH EDITION, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
“Taiwanese artist, I graduated from the University of the Arts London, UK. I entered the workplace from the fashion industry and published 14 professional makeup styling books. At present, I created more than 600 works and more than 100 sketches. As of 2021, 30 solo exhibitions have been held across Taiwan. My works have been exhibited in international cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Germany, Paris, France, Grand Palais, London, Oxford, San Francisco, Madrid, Spain, Venice. In the future, I hope to combine my paintings with installation art and mechanical art to create a large-scale exhibition of creative works”.
Luca Curci – What’s your background?
Hsiung Yu – I am a Taiwanese artist and graduated from the University of the Arts London. Before I officially became a full-time painter, I worked as a fashion designer in the fashion industry. I published 14 professional makeup books. In the field of pure art, I should be regarded as an amateur painter. I rely on my own study and insist on being a full-time painter.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
HY – I spent five years on my own travel to visit European museums, art galleries and art galleries for one month each year. I have completed more than 180 exhibition venues and have seen countless works. This experience opened my eyes and influenced my creative thinking. And give me great strength.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
HY – I specialize in oil painting and acrylic media, and I also try to use a combination of various objects to make a three-dimensional work of art.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society?
HY – The artist explores the natural and the unknown world through our own creation. Whether is contemplating on nature, your or my city, crowds, animals, or microorganisms, between understanding and not understanding, a form of meditation is created, which has an impact on the depths of the soul. External and internal, thoughts and words, each aspect is leading to the visual world, and then we must unswervingly pay attention to put the joys, sorrows and joys of human existence in the paintings and record the world with our own codes. Enlighten everyone, purify the hearts of others, and recycle.
LC – And contemporary art?
HY – Contemporary art is like relative 0&1, 0 and 1 are not numbers, but symbols. It can be expressed with “○”, “●” or “day” or “night”. It is a symbol of two relative states. The “relative concept” means that the past and the future exist in a true sense, not just the changes that have occurred or will happen.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
HY – The inspiration for oil paintings comes from various symbols in life. The magic of symbols is that they can gather any colour, old and new concepts, spiritual characteristics, visual appearances, etc. into a new individual while completing various forms of expression, redefining each image. In the symbols, I love flexible lines, and these elements are used, reconstructed, and combined. In the process, I realized that I must evolve strength from persistence and practice. The artistic expression of female power is a cultural product. At the same time, it also depends on the field of social cognition to shape a different artistic code in the waves. Its representation must be accurately decoded to create a dramatic and shocking contemporary new vision. The acrylic media creative inspiration comes from everything beyond the natural process. I am obsessed with the original mural painting of 45 million years ago. I believe that the species that once existed are incomparable echoes with human beings. Everything is also driven by curiosity to open up bizarre imaginations. In my works, I bring together birds and beasts, rare treasures, power machinery, old springs, mountain and sea landscapes. These symbols project myths, legends, revelations, and imaginations of the unknown, and create intentions. There is a certain harmony in the whole world because miracles sometimes exceed expectations, and the magical forces of nature are worth celebrating.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
HY – So far, in order to concentrate on the creation and exhibition, I have executed all by myself, so I have not cooperated with high-quality galleries and agents in sales and marketing. The challenging part is the affirmation of real-life and the imbalance of income and expenditure. These are sad emotions fighting the bright positive philosophy of life.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
HY – This is the first time I have been invited to participate in a group exhibition. Venice is my favourite city and I have visited it before. My creation is another me. It is both joy and fate to be able to participate in this exhibition.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
HY – The title of my work is “Concatenate”, which is part of my “Zen Mind” series. I analyze the relationship between body and space with Zen thoughts. I use oil in this painting. Its innovative uniqueness is that it expresses the uncontrollable vein-like lines to freely draw the human form, presenting the Zen that should be born without a place to live.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
HY – It is an opportunity to sincerely recommend high-quality artists and their works and organize exhibitions for viewers and collectors.