5.How does Chinese culture influence your art and how are the pieces created here different from those that you made in Us?
I have been living in China since 2010. I understand that our environment influences us consciously and subconsciously. This knowledge is a solid foundation for me to authentically create work that is appreciative of China without feeling like the work is forced to appeal to the Chinese or Chinese art market. In addition, 95% of the mixed media assemblage art from my China Chapters Collection has been MADE IN CHINA using reclaimed Chinese ARTifacts taken from their daily lives. In that regard the work has historical and nostalgic value. However , as an artist I do my best to not limit my creativity or themes I'm inspired to express in my work. Some of it is directly related to Chinese culture and phenomena, other aspects have more universal themes that are common to all of humanity.
What also makes this China Chapters body of work different from previous works is that is all LINKED to original recorded music, poetry and fashion also created during this period of my China Chapters. Another distinguishing factor is the use of reclaimed mirrors in all 8 of the art series I've created. With this immersive exhibition, literally and metaphorically I want the people to reflect upon the art, themselves and each other through my artistry.