My interest in art began when i was very young. I was an avid collector of all kinds of art and filled dozens of scrapbooks with cutouts of my favorite characters, illustrations, graphic designs, and with my own doodles and “masterpieces.” Since beginning formal study of art, I’ve noticed certain trends in my development as an artist/designer. I enjoy both design and illustration. The source of my art usually comes from one of two channels: direct reaction or an idea within daily life. Then, I translate my thoughts, ideas, and concepts into visual representations that are easily understood.
Like most artists, I am deeply engaged with the world around me. A casual observation may lead to a reverie long enough for my friends to enquire whether I am “alright.” This is how I conceived one of my artwork, “Domestic Fantastic.” Few years ago, my family moved into a new building whose steel and glass interior and fixtures were overwhelmingly glossy and smooth. Unpacking my MacBook Pro, I was struck by the enjoyment I experienced simply running my hands over its satiny, polished aluminum, and, looking around the room, by the pervasiveness of such un-warm physical surroundings. What are the implications of living in such a beautiful yet unnatural world? I felt compelled to explore this reaction in art.
I took photographs of every “satiny, polished” surface I encountered and glued them into a sculpture. Reflecting on the process of how I created this piece, I noticed a pattern in how I react to the visual world. I can’t help feeling there is something significant in what I see. An ordinary metal refrigerator is a pathway to meaning that I want to access before it disappears. I want to bring something to light that is in danger of remaining in the dark.
While my ideas come from direct reaction, my style in design is influenced by minimalism. Although many commercial designs are filled with vibrant, vivid and decorative elements, I believe that the more you smartly get rid of decorative elements, the powerful and direct the message gets. However, I do like to get experimental with my minimal design, like adding a touch of playfulness with layouts and composition. “Emptiness provides a space within which our imaginations can run free,” said Kenya Hara and I strongly agree with him. As a visual communicator, my ultimate goal is to have fluid, yet clear communication with the audience, but at the same time, give the audience a space to think and emphasize with my design and idea.
It’s impossible to pinpoint exactly where art or creative ideas comes from. Nothing comes from nothing, and all of us are influenced by what we have experienced. Some influences, however, are much more direct than others.