Interview: Kai-yen Tu
Luca Curci talks with Kai-Yen Tu during the 3rd Edition of ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, at Medina Art Gallery.
Kai-Yen Tu was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1986. In 2007, she graduated from the prestigious Fu-Hsin Trade & Arts School. In 2011, she earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Fu Jen Catholic University. She has been recognized by many awards, including the Honorable Mention in Conceptual Category at the Poland MONOVISIONS AWARDS, Special prize at the Japan International Mellow Art Award, Special prize at the UK TALK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS and her artworks about to Collection in american Arch Mission Foundation Arch Lunar Art Archive. For her, photography is the medium of intangible connection, which truly reflects the status of life at the moment. Her artworks aren’t created by any specific setting, they are created only by the guidance of heart, the resonance of life’s weaving and what has come to her. She captures the moment by the exploration of subconsciousness. Everything is calling for her to tell her the story and the understanding about Him (the subject). She captures the mysterious language through the viewfinder, she experiences the questions and answers of life – She is the listener of life.
Kai-Yen Tu care about the infinity and the purpose of human beings, pursue a personal belief of life themes, which is not religious, it can also be viewed as self-expression or art for art’s sake. she think art is inseparable from belief (life). Therefore, she pay attention to my life themes in every stage of life, which is the source and the fuel of her creation, which she hope to demonstrate Hermeticism and the alchemy of the spiritual world through photography.
Luca Curci – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
Kai-yen Tu – I don’t have thoughts beforehand with my work, I let my intuition guide me where to go. I only need to be with myself wholeheartedly and capture the moment while being immersed at the present, the proposition of life evolves as life progresses. However, an appropriate rhythm is required during the finishing phase of my work. I rely on nature that helps me tap into serenity, communicate with my artwork in daily life, to understand the message of the intangible connection through this action.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
KT – Hermeticism and the alchemy of the spiritual world. I care about the infinity and the purpose of human beings, which I hope to demonstrate through my photography.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
KT – Yes, I believe that art is the subconsciousness which doesn’t need to be explained through consciousness (knowledge in brains). Art is the realization of authenticity that doesn’t need to be rationalized. Photography has changed my perspective on life and the way I see this physical world. It also conveys the important core of life which truly needs to be seen.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
KT – I feel slightly reluctant while being at peace. It seems like a journey with many destinations, another journey begins after finishing this temporary visit. I must adapt to its leaving and let it be the past, finish it well and embrace the new. My sense of accomplishment comes from every learning during the process, not only from its complement or result.
LC- Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
KT – Yes, An exhibition is a space for dialogue, exchange of ideas, and critical feedback. The visitors are capable of igniting a process of self-knowledge, by posing crucial questions about the purposefulness of the artwork, its materiality, and its ability to successfully communicate.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
KT – Stone of Enlightenment is my artwork in 2021, which was inspired by a glimpse of the life gap. It is a mythical substance, the Holy Grail of alchemy for a long time. It is an intangible power, the infinity and the purpose of everything on the earth. The gloomy image of my artwork is for represents the divine theme and the exploration that is functioning behind the life drama, and the deeply rooted true essence of every creature.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
KT – My artwork presented in this exhibition is part of my preexisting works named “The Finite Future”.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
KT – It is a platform which aims to make artists seen by the whole world. It offers a variety of contests and impressive themes of exhibitions, which shows how sophisticated, aesthetic and ambitious the platform is. It is my honour to work with ITSLIQUID again.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
KT – ITSLIQUID is a professional and trustworthy team, which shows patience, effective communication and great assistance. This is our second collaboration, and even though I cannot attend it while in Taiwan, I can still see your team’s effort and consideration through your work. I am always gratified by your attention to detail.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
KT – Your services are perfect. I am grateful for it.