Conceptual Coffee Drawing Project
I started this drawing project in 2006. Similar to my Astronaut project, it revolves around the concept control and the uncontrollable. They are created using some non-traditional materials like coffee and breath influenced by my love for daily morning coffee, John Cage's chance and indeterminacy and Eastern philosophy in everyday life. For me, how to use intuition and artistry as guiding light in the drawing process is a perpetual learning experience. Other inspirations are the intricacy of winter tree branches and various lines, Chinese black and white Ink Paintings and improvisational music. This project can be done collaboratively. I have tried it with friends, baby, seniors, and family members.
“Astronaut” has been one of my ongoing projects since the mid-90s. In this project, I want to characterize the astronaut as a metaphorical construct of a dislocated, artificial, and transplanted subject. It all started in my childhood living in Taiwan together with my parents watching on a b/w tv the concurrent yet contradictory historical events taken place in 1969: moon landing and War in Vietnam. Other inspirations are my goldfish, John Cage and Chinese Philosophy, life in Los Angeles, and everyday cross-cultural experiences. The feelings of isolation, vulnerability, and uncertainty shaped by uncontrollable events in daily existence are often used as points of departure to construct and explore the psychological and philosophical journey of a dislocated and out of control astronaut floating in space in a state of indeterminacy.
"Untitled I, II and III"
Laminated Digital Image on wood (reflective)
20"x30" each (triptypch)