MAIN GALLERY (August 27-September 20)
“My artwork has been about subtle narratives in nature, and also about the pureness of nature as a graphic element. My eye is drawn to the color, shape, composition, graphic pattern, and spirit of living things, animal life, wild and tame. By painting or making a print, I am honoring them, documenting my visual respect. There is also a narrative that finds it’s way into my art, the relationship between animals and humans, female and male. Fur upon skin, skin upon feathers. Is it love? Is it fear? It is a bit of a wink, the small size adds to the secrecy, a folk tale with a step beyond reality. It is an exploration of my personal place/space in this world. In pursuing the graphic & narrative elements in my work, I am excited to see what happens next. What I love about an etching plate is the element of 3D, working with copper, often the plate is as beautiful as the print.”
“I am inspired to paint and write about animals like common opossums, birds, skunk and rodents because they are usually thought of as pests – or often, not even thought of at all. Yet, they are important components of our ecosystem – living as intelligent, highly adaptable survivors and protective parents to their young. I do not think they get the credit or spotlight they deserve. I have always liked fables and short stories where animals can reflect our lives back to us – hopefully teaching us a little something about ourselves in the end.”
FEATURE AREA (July 30-August 23)
Hsin-Yi is a ceramic artist. Her medium is predominately porcelain. She loves the smoothness of the clay body and how it responds to glazes. In this body of work, titled “Flowers”, Hsin-Yi explores her favorite subject; forms and patterns found in nature. She then expresses her observations and imagination in her porcelain sculpture. It is spending time in nature that bring her joy and calm during the COVID-19 pandemic. She wishes her work will also bring a feeling of peacefulness to her viewers during this time of uncertainty.