Week 7 – Artist Conversation – Maggie & Yi

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I absolutely loved the art this past week. I honestly felt like I was easily able to relate to the artists’ message. I considered every element within the artwork and after speaking with the two artists of the work, they confirmed that my suspicions about the art were true.

One intriguing characteristic of the art pieces is the openness to interpretation. Each of the paintings has similar qualities, but the conveyed point of the work is more dependent on the analyzer. The paintings have a permanent routine, that which pose a series of ideas or questions that allow for various interpretive definitions. This art is open to that, but all of the portraits deliver the concept of reflecting one’s inner self. Stylistically, the art is convoluted; however, emotionally, the art is relative to many people.

Maggie, one of the artists, claims that there is a portrayal and consistency of emotional stress throughout the artwork. The stress is conveyed through the shapes and the colors and at times, the portrayal can almost be paradoxical. The lines that formulate the shapes, such as the repetitive triangle, represent anxiety, while the colors within can represent happiness. So, there is quite a bit of juxtaposition that highlights the art. In addition, the triangles indicate an emotional abundance of stress and when they are jaggedly clustered, there is a strong sensation of anxious claustrophobia. When the elements are unified, one can ask the question: where in our mind does it all exist? Where does it exist within ourselves?

Yi, the other artist, dictates that the lines also render two-dimensional squares and rectangles that coherently travel back and forth, which ultimately highlight the ambiguity of the artwork. The squares identify the possible underlying emotions of feeling trapped or surprised, and the artworks’ potential to be ambiguous. However, these emotional qualities within the art are supposed to be completely reflective of the person examining the art. In other words, again, the work bases itself off of the one or ones who examine it.

The color contributes to the composition in the sense that it assists to “move the eyes” around the piece, while the line work portrays the emotion. The artists have claimed that they have worked on the pieces. It is quite apparent and obvious that there have been tenacious artists working on the art. Maggie says that sometimes, she and Yi had actually exchanged, rather adapted, artistic style without realizing it. It took them a whole month, eight hours a day, to complete the work for their exhibit. They rotated each piece every day in order to keep continuing the process. They uncovered and destroyed their pieces in order to keep building and reconstructing as ultimately, “nothing is precious”.

I knew as soon as I walked into the art exhibit that I was intrigued by the highly detailed portraits. I knew exactly the intention behind the work and I think it was mostly because I was able to relate to it. Not only that, but merely looking at the pieces was starting to stress me out as I was continuously trying to uncover the significance. I realized that I knew what it was because I, paradoxically, almost could not figure it out.


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