INTERVIEW: MINGFEI LIU | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: MINGFEI LIU

Interviews | June 21, 2022 |

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Interview: Mingfei Liu
Luca Curci talks with Mingfei Liu during the 10th Edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Formerly a judge for the China International Space Design Competition, Ms. Liu is now a member of both the China Building Decoration Association and the International Construction Decoration Interior Design Association. Her work includes interior design, ceramics, paintings, and more. Her artwork has been shown in Asia, Europe, and North America. She has received gold and silver awards in the China International Space Design Competition, as well as the Huading Gold Award at the China International Building Decoration and Design Art Fair. Ms. Liu has a background in oriental education. After graduating, she traveled and lived in Europe before relocating to New York, United States. Ms. Liu’s design thinking and innovation strategies have evolved significantly in recent years. Her work ranges from an external focus on aesthetics to an internal sublimation at the level of design thinking. She believes that designers should not be limited to the design of their majors but should be well-rounded individuals who draw more design inspiration from life insights and express greater cultural and spiritual demands.

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Image courtesy of Mingfei Liu

Luca Curci – When you design a project are you usually inspired by the situation, or do you find inspiration in yourself?
Mingfei Liu –
Inspiration is the source of creativity for designers. My inspiration is largely derived from the particulars of everyday life. I am a skilled observer of everyday life, and I keep a sketchbook dedicated to recording inspiration. However, I will not directly apply what I have observed. Every inspiration is sublimated by my personal understanding and combined with my own experience, the project’s requirements, etc. During a trip to Hawaii, I visited some pristine mountains and Jurassic filming locations, and I was very impressed by Hawaii’s distinctive landscape. Later, when designing an exhibition space for geological evolution, I drew inspiration from my Hawaii trip while incorporating the ocean theme with geological changes.

LC – How important is taking research in your design work? How’s yours?
ML –
In the field of interior design, research is crucial. Because interior design is distinct from other forms of artistic expression, it requires a combination of rationality and sensibility. Interior design requires first rational analysis of the research data, followed by the application of one’s own perceptual reasoning. When carrying out an interior design project, the interior designer collects objective data through on-site research in order to clarify the precise positioning, conduct customer analysis, address analysis, and space function analysis, among other things. Finally, designers will convert objective data and design inspiration into subjective feelings. The goal of the designer’s research is to fuse objective data with their own feelings in order to generate design inspiration. At the same time, during the project’s field research, designers may discover various cultures and stories that will serve as a source of inspiration for the project’s design.

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LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
ML –
I don’t believe it’s necessary to seek out inspiration actively; in my experience, I’ve discovered it entirely by accident the vast majority of the time. The details of life and travel can inspire me. I participated in the design of a Florida hotel. Before conducting a field survey, I searched the Internet for stories and historical information about Florida and discovered the Fountain of Youth. I later used this inspiration to design the entrance to the hotel.

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
ML –
First and foremost, I will experience a sense of accomplishment. I am a person who enjoys sharing. Every time I work on a design project, I make sure to engage in some relevant industry exchanges. The problems and solutions encountered at work will also be shared with my colleagues and close friends. Every time I participate in the pre-design and post-construction phases, I am able to gain experience, which is beneficial for my future designs. However, the completion of a piece of work is not the end; every design has social significance and impact. The majority of starting points in the design of public and commercial spaces are to improve the community and create a better environment for people. The project’s completion is not a simple job completion. Designers must continue to monitor and maintain their own projects after completion. At the same time, I contributed to the completion of the project as a member of the field and also promoted the development of this field, both of which are very meaningful to me and give me a sense of having accomplished something worthwhile.

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LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
ML –
As an artist, it is difficult to strike a balance between design and survival. Due to the unpredictability of the projects an artist receives, their income will also fluctuate. Designers must consider how to support themselves and bring greater attention and recognition to their work. Due to insufficient financial resources and lack of experience, many designers are unable to devote themselves fully to their art. Simultaneously, there are an increasing number of public welfare societies and art foundations that provide some financial support for artists, but the majority of artists want to be Un-commercial artists / pure artists who can create pure projects based on their own ideas. Consequently, it is also difficult for artists to strike a balance between creativity and commercialism. To pursue one’s dream, everyone must perform mundane tasks. This is the only way for them to build their own reputation and experience and establish a stronger foundation for the future. To pursue a dream, a short-term survival dilemma is insignificant; everything will pass; persistence is crucial.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
ML –
I totally agree. As far as I am aware, ITSLIQUID Group collaborates with museums and galleries worldwide to assist artists in building a global art social network, communicating design concepts, etc. These are tasks that artists can hardly accomplish on their own. This is fantastic because artists frequently lack the necessary social and financial resources. ITSLIQUID Group assists artists in transmitting their works worldwide so that people everywhere have the opportunity to view art. This is a global version of the exhibition. During the time span of the exhibition, locals and tourists will be influenced by the concepts expressed in the works. The themes of ITSLIQUID Group’s exhibitions are all well-chosen and reflect the real society by combining problems with the current situation. And artists influence the world through their own works, change the world, and allow art to make a difference. The exhibition is a means of communication for the artists. Artists from various regions and fields can learn from one another and gain exposure to diverse cultures and ways of thinking. It is also an excellent source of inspiration for their future works. Artists can get to know one another, become friends, assist and support one another, and help each other advance in their respective fields.

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LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
ML –
I agree with and value the ITSLIQUID Group’s choice of entries. I observed that in addition to theme-related works, ITSLIQUID Group selects works with far-reaching significance for the exhibition. Some abstract paintings, for instance, can inspire the viewer’s imagination. For instance, the exhibition at CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2022: The tenth edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE examines the relationship between the body and space, as well as the hybridization of identities and cultural/physical/social/urban settings in contemporary time, through two main sections: MIXING IDENTITIES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES. I noticed that there is a photograph (above) in this exhibition depicting the construction of geometrical parts that captures the beauty of construction. On the surface, the works and themes do not appear to be directly related. After reading the exhibition’s introduction, abstract, infinite, and conceptual, FUTURE LANDSCAPES are associated with a sense of freedom and infinite extension. Primarily experienced with the mind, spaces redefine their limits and boundaries, transforming surfaces into a free-flowing stream of pure ideas. This section examines the concept of the boundaries and structures between body, mind, and soul, human identity, and the city, space, and ground. I appear to have discovered some answers. I observed that the artist designed with a great deal of care and employed a very indirect intention to echo the theme. According to my understanding, the frame structure is simply a geometric shape, and the relationship between points, lines, and surfaces is one of the fundamentals of all the universe’s structures. It appears to be a photograph, but it is actually an abstract, realistic painting.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
ML –
I am very happy. Also, thanks to the organizers for providing such a wonderful opportunity.

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LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
ML –
The ITSLIQUID Group is an excellent platform. It features galleries and exhibitions from around the globe. It has built a good bridge for designers around the world despite the epidemic’s severe constraints. The existence of ITSLIQUID Group has enabled designers to accomplish many things that were previously impossible. Due to the exhibitions in various countries and regions, I am able to become acquainted with the local art collector. At the same time, this platform allows me to connect with other artists and helps us to exhibit our works around the globe. I find their work to be very inspiring, and it also helps me to develop my own professional skills.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
ML –
I think it is very good overall. The exhibition’s theme is variable, adaptable, and regionally extensive, and the artist’s field is particularly diverse.

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