Expanded Contemporary Drawing Practices encourages dialogues about the evolving medium of drawing. Featured artists share their strategies. As a research project, the blog strives to present a broad spectrum of non-traditional approaches and create a forum for artists, educators, and related organizations. It is a framework for consideration for what drawing can be.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Interview: Chuyen Huynh
and why did you begin working in the installation format?
started installations in college because I was interested in shadows and
automatic tracing. After college, I continued to expand my practice into life
size, site-specific installations with cardboard and tape.
It is a
very meditative process.I never know
what will come out of it. And I can never make the same work twice. All my
works are intuitive.
use of basic, low-cost materials allows me to freely create.
philosophy’s influenced your work?
childhood was spent with my grandfather, a Buddhist monk. This influenced my
interest in timelessness and the ephemeral; the idea that nobody can truly own
installations are a learning process that can't be owned. It takes time to
create but only two hours to take apart. Taking it apart quickly and throwing
it away gives me power, just like the process of making a Tibetan Sand Drawing:
the way that it takes so long to make and then is gone in an instant. The
process is important and not the end product.
you discuss some works and the ideas behind them?
CH: As I
work, I aim for sense of spontaneity and fun. I always had vivid dreams and
these have informed my work either directly or indirectly. This can be seen
most recently in my works on paper.
influences my decisions. I'm merely a transcriber following direction, wherever
the environment and materials lead me.
CH: I'm on
a trip to learn healing and self awareness. This will further inform my
About Chuyen Huynh is a Vietnamese-American artist who is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. See more on her work at www.chuyenmhuynh.com