Interview: Kai-Yen Tu
Luca Curci talks with Kai-Yen Tu during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Bembo – Venice Grand Canal.
Kai-Yen Tu was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1986, and she still lives and creates in her hometown. She started the creation of photography 7 years ago. 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 her 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.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Kai-Yen Tu – I was born and raised in Taipei city which is surrounded by the mountains on Taiwan island. In 2007, I graduated from the prestigious Fu-Hsin Arts School. In 2011, I earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Fu Jen Catholic University. I have been recognized with many awards, including the 2021 MONOVISIONS AWARDS Honorable Mention in Conceptual Category, 2020 Mellow Art Award Special prize and 2020 TALK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS Special prize. My artworks have been participated in NFT ART since 2021 and selected by Arch Mission Foundation Arch Lunar Art Archive in the Taiwan area. Photography has changed my perspective on life and the way I see this physical world. More precisely speaking, I was born because of my parents, and then I was born again because of photography.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
KYT – 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 – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
KYT – I pursue a personal belief in life themes, which is not religious, it can also be viewed as self-expression or art for art’s sake. I think art is inseparable from belief (life). Therefore, I pay attention to my life themes in every stage of life, which is the source and the fuel of my creation.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
KYT – This is an instinctive process, my subjects are explored and created as life progresses.
LC – How is your creative process?
KYT – Image comes before concept. I never set a subject, it’s the intangible connection that leads me to explore. All I need is to carry a camera and be with myself wholeheartedly. I capture Him while being fully immersed at the moment. To understand the message of the intangible connection by this creative action, I communicate with my artworks in my everyday life.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
KYT – I think there is intangible energy involving and functioning between lives. This energy is being researched and approached in various forms of mathematics, science, philosophy, theology, and arts, and I believe their destination is the same. Due to the fact that this energy is still too abstract in this physical world, people are using their own languages and creations to interpret this energy as best as they can. I believe everyone is capable of perceiving this energy.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
KYT – 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 – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
KYT – Yes. ITSLIQUID represents the bridge that connects artists and the world, which plays an important role.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
KYT – Yes. ITSLIQUID is a professional and trustworthy team. Special thanks to the project manager Giulia Tassi, who shows patience, effective communication, and assistance. I hope to work with ITSLIQUID in all the international exhibitions in the future.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
KYT – It is a platform that 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 was an honor working with ITSLIQUID.