Welcome to Weir Farm Art Center! We are glad you are here. Take a moment to meet our current resident artist, Kathy Liao. Read her work plan and find out why she is excited to be here. Also, as you scroll through the pages, please note the featured images at the top of each page. They represent the body of work Kathy submitted with her application for residency. We are eager to be a part of Kathy's exploration of duality. Welcome Kathy!
In Residence - Kathy Liao
Having spent my childhood in Taiwan, I am strongly influenced by my dual Chinese and Japanese heritage. As I later begin to assimilate into my life in America, my culture beliefs are often re-evaluated, challenged, and even compromised. Steeped in personal narrative, duality is a repeated theme in my work for the last few years. For the duration of the residency, I hope to continue to explore the concept of duality, not only at a personal level, but also in a broader context. As quoted in Robert Frost's famous poem, "Two roads diverge in a yellow wood. And sorry I could not travel both," I began to see dual passageways in fleeting moments in my daily routine and during my travels. This happenstance of dichotomy occurs and can be observed in nature, in my studio - it is the division of space that fascinates me.
My work leading up to now has slowly led me away from traditional oil on canvas medium to my new fascination with paper and objects. Up to now I have been working with both found and purchased paper. I have begun fabricating large scale paper quilts in my previous residency at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Massachusetts. The transperancy, texture, and the layering of such material allow a wide ranges of effects, especially with the introduction of controlled light sources. The Weir Farm Art Center residency will provide me with the time and facility to further explore paper as a material. I hope to experiment with paper-making, to have more control of visual and tangible quality of the paper, and to further explore paper as a material, and to create my own repertoire of paper as my palette. At the end of the residency, my goal is to create a new body of work consisting of a series of collaged quilts and works on paper that map and redefine the splitting paths I find in the natural environment at Weir Farm National Historic Site.
Yellow Circumstamces - Mixed Media on Canvas
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