Interview: Ping He
Luca Curci talks with Ping He during LONDON CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2022, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
Ping He is an artist based in Shanghai, China. He was born in 1958 and engaged in art creation for more than 30 years. “My insight into abstract art was gained from long-term sketching and painting. I believe every artist can create their unique language through persistent practice, and this has been my artistic pursuit for many years. My artistic expression derives from the observation of objective things around me. I try to engage the profound experience of colors, shapes, and brushstrokes with my understanding of human consciousness, emotions, desires, and the cognition of everything in the world. In the end, they all integrated into my creation and presented in the form of painting. The images I paint do not capture definite physicality but are rather themselves in a dynamic state of transformation dictated by the rhythm of their conceptualization. This makes my painting a natural occurrence of the creative process. My perception of painting also evolves with the changes around me. The rapid development of modern networks and technologies inspires me to think if there are real existences of many invisible fields, and the hidden space may contain endless energy. It provokes me to use my brushstrokes and color structure to describe them through my painting.”
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Ping He – Art is the language of consciousness, the code of time and space, and the perception of an artist’s life. Art form carriers can be diverse and convey different spiritual connotations.
LC – What are you currently working on?
PH – I am currently conducting further in-depth research on the sketches I drew many years ago, exploring new possibilities from the perspective of contemporary art. It’s like debugging old equipment to make its original creative intention to the extreme.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
PH – Artists are a very sensitive group, they can experience real-life well and are willing to explore the unknown. Their thinking is jumping, erratic, and can instinctively predict the future. Contemporary art does not live in a vacuum but creates a new space on the basis of traditional concepts.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
PH – I look for inspiration in modern life. The development of today’s science and technology has revealed many hidden worlds and the multi-dimensional space in the life of nature in the direction of my exploration.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
PH – It is not easy to express the energy contained in multi-dimensional space with paint on canvas and paper. The most challenging part is that the painting process is difficult to complete in one go and requires constant re-adjustment.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
PH – The theme of this exhibition is similar to the concept of my creation. I am very happy that my work has been selected, and I have the opportunity to see the expression of other works of art and enjoy the various gestures of life and the colorful charm of nature.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
PH – The title of my work: “Ripple of Energy” consists of 15 small paintings, which are composed of lines. I perceive the energy that may exist in the living space, input consciousness into the brush, explore the energy magnetic field, and feel the ripples generated by the interaction of energy.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
PH – Absolutely okay.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
PH – Yes, I think so.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
PH – Your activities are professional and academically high.