|USA / New York, NY
|International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)
|Year of the Grant
New York City is definitely the best city for an artist with its diverse city environment unlike any other city. Every area has its own characters and lures people in day and night. The city has inspired many artists, including myself. I enjoyed incorporating elements that attracted me to the city into my work, giving these elements new life. When living in a cultural melting pot such as this city, artists should try to develop his or her unique style and self value, in addition to experiencing and getting to know the different forms of art.
In the context of art development, NYC is at the center of the contemporary art world and it also gave birth to Abstract Expressionism. Important abstract artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Frank Stella were all based in NYC. Even today, the newest concepts and forms of art originated from this city. For an artist like myself, who has been working within the field of abstract painting, the city provides an abundance of opportunities to conduct artistic exchange and allows for breakthroughs in art making. Through my residency, I was able to bring in modern cosmopolitan characters into my work and apply stronger and more straight-forward languages that reflected my experience in a metropolitan city. I added a sense of history and time to my rational way of thinking. Series of arranged paintings further highlighted the mobile characters of the metropolitan city, thus stirring much more than creative energy.