Tiffany Chung

24 X 24 IN. (61 X 61 CM)

I recently came across the work of Tiffany Chung, a Vietnamese American artist. There are a lot of similarities in terms of the materials and aesthetic I use in my work. She also does a lot of 3D work which is really interesting. You can see more here.

Foreign Exchange video

I have a series of drawings I did a few years back that I've been waiting to do something with, they felt very static on the pieces of vellum I drew them on. I was lucky enough to have Bill from Radical Cartography do some individual scans of the drawings and so I've finally decided to make them into a short video. Here is the background on the project:

This video was created from a series of drawings inspired by a teacher's edition atlas from the mid-1990's. Each country in the atlas had a graphic with it’s shape superimposed to scale on an outline of the US. I recreated the entire series from A-Z using ink on vellum. I was intrigued by the slow, methodical process of precisely drawing each shape of every country and redrawing the outline of the US over and over and over. I created visual conversations based on line, shape and scale that depoliticized these shapes. Because the source I was using was at least 15 years old,  some of the countries do not even exist today or their borders have changed. I like to think that maps are similar to photographs in that they represent something at a given moment that will inevitably change or become out of date.

Link to the video on vimeo.

Relationships from A-Z/Artist's Residency

Here are a few images from a new-ish series entitled, Relationships from A-Z. My roommate had a teacher's edition atlas from the 90's and for each country they had a graphic that superimposed the size of that country to scale on top of the U.S. I found this to be interesting on a few different levels and decided to recreate this part of the atlas. So I traced each graphic from A-Z of the whole atlas (some islands were omitted as they were too small to register). It was definitely a time consuming project and an interesting process to retrace the shape of the U.S. so many times. Images above from top to bottom are details of: AB, CDEF, OPQR
They're done on vellum so it's a little tricky to document but I hope to have better images soon!
I'm heading out to Ragdale next week for my 2 week residency that I feel like I've been talking about for ages. I'm so excited to finally experience being able to focus solely on making art. I'll have my laptop so I'm hoping to blog while I'm there.

ArtFutura 2008

Just got word that I have three works accepted into ArtFutura 2008,juried by James Rondeau of the Art Institute. It is a benefit hosted by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago so they can have an art therapist on staff, a good cause indeed! I am eager to begin to show my work at new venues and to new audiences. Works will be on display from March 25th- April 3rd, 2008, in the Chicago Rooms of the Chicago Cultural Center located downtown at 78 E. Washington. I will be showing three photograms, a fairly new series I made from drawings on vellum. Above are details of the three works, California, Iraq and Illinois.