JMa Stickers: What and Why

One day in the winter of my sophomore year, wandering aimlessly in a book store, I ran into a large book with a fancy cover named OBEY: Supply & Demand – The Art of Shepard Fairey. I have heard the name “Shepard Fairey” from the famous Obama “Hope” poster, so I bought the book in order to learn more about this artist. It turned out that Shepard Fairey was a RISD alumni. While still a …

Portfolio, An Update

I was making significant progress during this last portion of 2015. With the Early Decision results announced, I could take the burden of writing more college essays off my shoulder and concentrate solely on my drawing. Besides class time, the after-school art session gave me an roughly extra ninety minutes of studio time per day. After staring at Pablo for countless hours and at least ten pieces of rough charcoal …

A Further Exploration into the Realm of Surrealism

Building up my portfolio took up all my summer, but still I have more work to do even after summer ends and school starts. The saxophone-merging-with-heart color pencil piece I did last fall marked my official inquiry of what Surrealism is, and over the summer I casted a brass sculpture – Deep Sea Braingler. The sculpture is basically a deep sea angler with its body being replaced by a human brain. Again …

Artisanship, An Origami Rose Project

Ever since the beginning of Industrial Revolution, the term “artisanship” seemed to disappear from people’s life. Quantity became the ultimate destination, and quality was valued less. Having been practicing Chinese calligraphy for nine years in my childhood, I understand the true meaning of “artisanship”: it is about having a tremendous amount of patience, paying attention to numerous details, and not compromising until the end. Such characteristics can be found in many …

Catching the Evanescence II, an Update

It has been three months after I had established my theme for the semester, “Catching the Evanescence”. My intention was to capture the short moments in this material world where so many beautiful things are present but easily ignored by most of us. Yet I found that I could get no inspirations from my intention. In other words, I realized that just to capture a moment was too shallow; I mean, digital …

A Burning-Man-Inspired Artwork Plan

Since the beginning of the year we have been discussing about Burning Man with Ms. Smith(click the link if you do not know that that is). Although I do not enjoy every element of this event (especially its taking place in a desert), I do find its idea of creating interactive artworks based on the Ten Principles interesting and worth developing(again, click the link if you do not know what I am …

Catching the Evanescence

Ideas grow on themselves. At the beginning, it was just the first assignment of the year of my art class. “Pattern as a principle, like repeated objects.” explained Ms. Smith. So, as usual, I took out my sketchbook and started brainstorming. I did most of the thinking in my brain, plotting a giant mind map that kept getting bigger and bigger. A feeling of freedom, which in some way contracts …

The Translation of What I Am Thinking

Through artworks, I express my innermost thoughts and feelings. Most of the time, the things that I am trying to express can not be described through human languages. They are always so complicated, vague and paradoxical. I mean, isn’t this the point of making an art piece, like a drawing, a painting, and a sculpture? There is art because people realize that certain feeling can not be expressed to others …