Interview: Lisha Liang
Luca Curci talks with Lisha Liang during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
A female artist with a highly personal style, Lisha Liang. She was born in Zhejiang, China, in 1994 and is currently studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. With a love for art, she was introduced to and studied painting from a very young age. With her heart for art, she firmly chose fine art (commercial illustration) at university, and after four years of study, she graduated from Zhejiang Sci-Tech University in 2017. In the same year, she went to Florence for a semester of ‘arts abroad study’, a Tongji University project, starting a new journey to pursue art. She studied various courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, the University of Florence, and the Polimoda Academy, such as etching, sculpture, visual communication of the creative process, and contemporary fashion. This period of study has resulted in a diverse range of expressions in her later works of art. Her work encompasses performance, installation, sculpture, photography, painting, and more. The heterogeneous language of art gives life an intimate and inner life. When she finished her course in Florence, she returned to China, and she worked for six months as an assistant to the curator in the Taizhou Museum of Contemporary Art in Zhejiang. In this role, she gained a deeper understanding of exhibition design, the art market, and the museum’s operation and management. In 2018, after her second visit to Florence, she participated in a workshop at the Studio Azzurro, in which she made videos and montages on the memory of the artisans of Seravezza. Finally, her works were installed in the Medici museum of Seravezza. This made her decide to link people’s public living space with people’s feelings through art in the future, so as to promote people’s better social life through art. Her research direction is to address social issues and use her artwork to reflect the inequality of society. Duchamp once said: “Although the artist does exactly what he wants, there is something in it that is completely unrelated to his original intention, something that is seized upon by society – if he is lucky”. Due to the frequency of various social issues concerning women in recent years, she has gradually shifted her research focus to the topic of sex education and domestic violence. Through her feminine perspective and sensibility, she brings deeper awareness and analysis of such issues’ existence and negative effects. Lisha Liang has exhibited her work in several exhibitions and group shows in China and Italy, including The Body Language 2021, Venice Italy (2021.03); Contemporary Venice, Venice Italy 2021 (2021.02).
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Lisha Liang – My research direction is to address social issues and use my artwork to reflect the inequality of society. Art is a kind of communication medium, and contemporary art is a mirror that reflects social focus – what can we do to make tomorrow better than today? I hope that my works will be able to review the problems that occurred in public life.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
LL – First and foremost, for me, it is the process of generating ideas, the improvement and the implementation of plans that account for most. Then I would consider the intermediate step, including the way to perform in detail and the technologies and materials that I need to apply. Finally, adjusting the overall effect is the last thing I would do.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
LL – I think that it is the plans to acquire more knowledge that cannot catch up with the speed I generate new ideas that challenge me most. Every time thinking about the application of emerging technology, many ideas would occur to my mind. Therefore, in order to achieve them, I need to spend more time learning.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
LL – Yes, I do. For instance, the theme of my recent artwork is violence in intimate relationships. In most cases, the victims of domestic violence are females. I want to call for attention and help to these victims. Actually, art is a medium that connects visual sense, auditory sense, tactile sense and emotion together, in the process of expressing and transmitting my ideas.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
LL – For me, only when my artworks are understood by others, I would regard them as completed work. Hence, after finishing my process of creating, I hope more and more people can see my work, understand the main idea behind it, feel touched, and do some changes. For example, my recent theme is violence in intimate relationships. So I hope that people could notice those being hurt in an intimate relationship, and would reach out to help victims get out of that situation after seeing my artwork.
LC – Can you explain something about the artwork you have in our exhibition?
LL – The theme of my artwork in this exhibition is the environment, focusing on the relationship between human beings and nature. It is named “What is the body polluted by the air?”. In this work, the “body” absorbs the polluted air in the surrounding environment, which in essence was emitted by human beings. To some extent, this activity builds a bridge between human beings and nature. The artwork, using resin, plaster, colored stone, slender red and blue plastic hoses, shows a partial section of an unhealthy human body. By the human body absorbing the pollution, which seems like a way to purify the environment, the original relationship between human beings and nature is re-established. And this relationship has disappeared in modern society, where human beings think that they can dominate nature instead of building an intimate relationship with nature like what prehistoric man did.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
LL – I think that this festival is so wonderful, as this festival can bring together and show artistic ideas from all around the world. And I admire it as a mature art activity.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
LL – Yes, I propose to cooperate with you. And I think your services are very comprehensive.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
LL – Yes, definitely, I think that ITSLIQUID GROUP can provide assistance on the development path of artists.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
LL – Yes, I really enjoy it.