The drawings are created using non-traditional approach and materials like coffee, breath, color inks and pencils. This Coffee Drawing Project I started in 2006 is inspired by my love for daily morning coffee, the influence of uncertainty and unpredictability
in our daily life and the dealings of chance encounters. I also like improvisational music, the intricacy of tree branches and various
lines, and b/w Chinese Ink Paintings. Each drawing starts with
pouring, moving around, splashing and blowing air to coffee and
ink on paper to allow chance to take place, then lay my marks down
to connect, create relationships in space and in layers until the drawing reaches the Voilà!! moment as a coherent whole. Based on the project concept and artistic process, I can continue with this drawing project for many years to come.This project also includes collaboration with friends, baby, seniors and family members.
“Astronaut” has been one of my on-going projects since the mid-90s. In this project, astronaut is being characterized as the meta- phorical construct of a dislocated, artificial and transplanted subject. It all started in my childhood living in Taiwan watching the concurrent historical events taken place in 1969: moon landing and war in Vietnam. Other inspirations are Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, goldfish, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, X-Files, Twilight
Zone, John Cage, Chinese Philosophy, Los Angeles, and everyday cross-cultural experiences. The feelings of isolation, vulnerability and uncertainty shaped by uncontrollable events in everyday 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.
* See below clickable images for video documentation
"Untitled I, II and III"
Laminated Digital Image on wood (reflective)
20"x30" each (triptypch)