Friday, May 20, 2011

Paula Chung - Zepher Cove, NV

1.  What do you call yourself - art wise?  I generally call myself a fiber artist.
2.  How do you jump start your creativity when you are in a slump?  I rarely experience a slump—I think primarily because I stay within certain subject areas. My images tend to be representative—using flowers as my subject. But lately I’ve been working with x-rays, MRIs and other body imaging as my subject.
3.  If money wasn't an issue, what would you do with your art?   I’m not sure. I would like to eventually donate the pieces.
4.  Do you keep a sketchbook, journal, etc.?  Not generally, but I do keep a lot of images on my computer and work from that.
5.  Where can people see your other work this year?  shows, books, magazines, etc.  I was recently featured in Quilting Arts Magazine and have a solo show “A View Within: The Body Stitched” in the Foyer Gallery at Lake Tahoe Community College through June 18th. I also have work in the SAQA exhibit “Creative Force” and will be one of the featured artists in Martha Sielman’s new book, Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World.
6.  Do you teach?  No.
7.  Is there a particular artist who had influenced you in your art life? and why?  There are so many artists that I admire. Right now I’m studying  Cezzane, Kandinsky, Diebenkorn, O’Keefe for their abstraction and use of color. I’m studying Egon Schiele for his line drawings of the figure, Chiura Obata for his pen & ink works, and Henry Moore’s figurative sculpture. There’s too many to name.
8. Where or what show do you hope your work will be in someday?   I’ve never been accepted to the Visions show, so that is a goal. I am also working on a gallery proposal.
9.  Describe your studio workspace.  My workspace is a spare bedroom, crammed full of stuff and a laundry room crammed with dyes, paints and surface design implements.
10.  What 3 tools could you not live without?   I just found a new toy—the Rowenta Steamer. But I couldn’t live without my Bernina and my cameras.
11.  What drives you to make the work that you do?    I find using floral images to depict life’s changes can be powerful. Recently I was in a discussion with my brother about the implied message and the real message. I’m attempting to explore that within my work.  My new work dealing with the internal images of the body also provides a source of powerful images that I feel compelled to make.
12.  How do you balance your life?   My family, friends, exploration of art and nature all help me attempt to balance things. It’s a thin line between balance and chaos.

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