It's always nice to stroll around Lindsborg, so-called "Little Sweden." I cannot stop taking photos of kawaii cute things here. Got a little Dala horse ornament with our family name from a gift shop called Hemslojd. Had a glass of Boba at a cozy White Peacock tea shop. Checked the Anatoly Karpov Chess School that we came for chess camps when our kids were little. Made it to the famous restaurant Ol' Stuga. Of course, I didn't miss the Sandzen Gallery which has a special place in my heart because of their Kansas Collegiate Aesthetics Exhibitions where I showed my work in public for the first time. This town makes you feel so peaceful.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
To the visitor who came yesterday, I mentioned that the image of my installation here at Red Barn Studio was a nest. She went back to her home quickly and brought a nest made by orioles that she found in her yard. It was made of some sort of natural fibers and blue plastic strings!
Photo by Steve Bowersox
You can see this little present on the wall in my studio now. AIR fun!
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
So, before I started making new work here at Red Barn, I installed my installation "A Thread X A Thread" in the studio. I am so glad that I could install it all by myself since this space is relatively smaller and has an upper floor from where I could reach the higher positions to hang the piece. Also, the ceiling has some good hooks and nails that I could use. I call this piece in this studio a "birds' nest," my home, to create works. Since we have been going through a unique time right now, I added a couple of lines to my original artist statement for this touchable work. I hope people will feel better this way. As a nest, it works perfectly anyway! Photo Credit goes to Steve Bowersox.
I added these lines: "I ask the viewers to add a thread as an expression of treasuring the moment of meeting people. Since we have been going through the Coronavirus pandemic, I would ask you to use hand sanitizer before and after you touch the piece. You're also welcome not to touch the piece. In that case, please add a thread just in your mind."
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
I'm going to spend next two weeks at Red Barn Studio Museum as an artist in residence. If you're in this area, please stop by and say hi to me! From Sep. 13 to 26. Open from Tuesday to Sunday. for more details, please visit Red Barn Studio Museum website.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
I am starting a two-week artist residency at Red Barn Studio Museum in Lindsborg KS from next week. This is my second stay in Lindsborg. The last time was about 11 years ago when my kids attended a chess camp. It's so exciting to be able to stay in this charming Swedish town in the middle of Kansas again. The museum itself is a work of art. Can't wait to be surrounded by their collections that are displayed, the artworks by Lester Raymer which I adore very much.
This is my second residency after Umbria, Italy from 11 years ago. In Italy, I did a lot of plein-air paintings. Right now, I don't know what I am going to create while in Lindsborg. I have several ideas, but first of all, I would like to observe my surroundings and listen to the sounds there carefully. One thing I am sure of is that I will make a "nest" in the studio with my "A Thread X A Thread" installation and make work in it! If you are in the area, please stop by and say hello to me! And yes, please wear a mask in the museum and the studio.