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TAS Alumna and Art Assistant Prepares for First Art Show

Welcome to the wonderful world of Lily and the Creatures.

Have you ever admired the kind of people who are full of creative ideas? Or did you ever think that you were incapable of creating art? One TAS alumna turned art assistant is here to show us that there are many routes for artistic creation and creativity may come from the most unexpected of places, including the small details of daily life.

Lily Yang ('14) has been working on opening her first art exhibit in downtown Taipei, which will open in late September. The exhibit, "Conscious Creatures," is a collection of 100 postcards. Yang uses and combines things with materials such as dried fruits skin, expired film, lotion jar lids, leftover paper, candy packaging, cake boxes, stickers, and filter coffee bags, dried leaves, and other random scraps of recycled materials -- what she calls "little creatures" of different colors, shapes, and materials.

"Working at TAS is what pushed me to do an exhibit," Yang said. "I think the encouraging atmosphere in the art department to make your own work and share it, made me more confident as an artist."

Besides a group of supportive colleagues, there are always some interesting scraps of materials that get thrown away in the art studios, which became some good resources for making art.

"It could be the edges of a painting that was cut off, a paper jam from the color printer (which sometimes creates a cool half-printed effect), peeled acrylic from an unwashed palette, or leftover pieces from a laser-cut piece…the art room is a treasure chest!" said Yang.

This series of works is also a challenge Lily wants to give herself. "I had one goal at the beginning, which is to make a small piece of art consecutively for 100 days. I wanted to develop a habit of showing up to make art every day even if I was not feeling inspired or was tiring."

In addition to training herself creativity "muscles," it is also a chance for her to digest and reflect on thoughts and inspiration draw from daily life, which she called a phase of spiritual exploration.

She said, "The project turned into a great outlet for me to reflect on what was happening in my life. It’s rare that we have such an opportunity to dive into how we are affected by the things happening around us."

Here is the process of how she started her work:

1. Find an interesting/weird material (or things that would otherwise be thrown in the trash)

2. Cut up different shapes and pieces and assemble them on my postcard. I’ll pay attention to shape, color, texture, and detail

3. Look deeply at the creature I created and what it makes me think about. What is my subconscious trying to tell me in creating this creature? What am I really thinking about?

4. Write the caption

Lily will put "eyes" on the creatures that complete the art pieces, giving the "creatures" life, and also giving them the "voice" to express and communicate. Therefore, each little creature carries a different story and energy that Lily wants to share with us through the exhibition. This is her first exhibition, and she has dedicated much time and effort to it.

"It was a lot more work than I expected! Especially since everything x100 is a crazy amount. It’s a very different type of creative endeavor," she said. "Doing and the exhibition is an art in itself."

"I believe that to think creatively is to challenge the norm and do things in unconventional ways. Everyone can be creative. You don’t need to be talented in art, and it can be learned and practiced."

Most importantly, she thinks that "the more we expose ourselves to different forms of thoughts, cultures, and experiences, the more breadth of ideas we can connect and merge."

Instead of thinking of her as a creative person, she feels like she's an intentional person who likes to think thoroughly about the problem or the desire and find the most suitable way to tackle it.

One of her favorite creatures is the "No. 47 seed creature", which is made up of dried leaves and petals. Lily believes that there are positive and negative “seeds” in each of us. If we can all realize the positive seeds that lead us to empathize, tolerate, and love, don’t forget to water them and take good care of them!

The opening of the exhibition "Conscious Creatures" will take place on Saturday, September 11. Lily and the little creatures are ready to welcome everyone. 

歡迎來到Lily與怪獸們的奇想世界!

你有曾經很羨慕那種充滿創意點子的人嗎?或是覺得藝術創作對你來說感覺很「遙遠」?曾是TAS校友而目前任職高中部藝術助理的Lily想要透過她的故事,嘗試表達藝術創作可以有各種可能性,創意可能就來自於生活中意想不到、細碎微小的人事物!

Lily Yang ('14) 近期一直在努力籌備她在台北市中心舉辦的首場藝術展覽。展覽將於九月中旬開幕。『意識怪獸』是一百張系列小怪獸明信片的作品展出,Lily利用並結合像是乾水果皮、過期底片、乳液瓶蓋、剩餘的紙張、糖果包裝、蛋糕盒、貼紙、濾掛咖啡包、樹葉...等生活中容易取得的回收材料,誕生了這些不同顏色、造型和素材的小怪獸們。

「在 TAS 工作是促成我想要做這個展覽的動力。」Lily提到:「我覺得藝術部門裡面那種鼓勵創作和分享的氛圍,讓我對於作為一位藝術家更有信心。」

除了一群很支持她創作的同事之外,藝術教室裡常有很多被丟棄,但其實可以好好利用的素材,這些於是就成為Lily在創作上很好的資源。

她說:「可能是一幅畫被剪掉的邊角、彩色打印機的卡紙(有時會產生很酷的半印效果)、從還沒洗過的調色盤上剝落的壓克力顏料、或者雷射切割的剩餘碎片…。藝術教室就是個寶箱!」

這些系列作品同時也是Lily想給自己的一項挑戰,「一開始我給自己一個目標,就是連續100天每天都做一件小藝術品。 我想養成一種習慣,即使我沒有靈感或很累的時候,也能每天起身創作。」

除了透過這個計畫來鍛鍊自己的「創意肌群」之外,還有反思與表達從生活中獲得的啟發和思維。

Lily說:「這個挑戰變成了一個很好的出口,讓我能夠反思我生活中發生的事情。我們其實很少有機會深入地去思考我們如何受到生活周遭事物的影響。」

通常她創作的過程是這樣的:

  1. 找一個有趣或奇怪的材料(或者可能最後會扔進垃圾桶的東西)。
  2. 剪下不同的形狀和碎片,並拼接組裝在我的明信片上。我會留意媒材的形狀、顏色、質地和細節。
  3. 觀察我創造出來的「小怪獸」以及它帶給我的想法。在創造它時,我的潛意識試圖告訴我什麼?或者我內心真實的想法是什麼?
  4. 寫下我的想法跟反思。

在作品即將完成時,Lily會為它們貼上眼睛,給予了「怪獸們」生命,也賦予他們表達與傳遞的能力。因此,每個小怪獸們都承載著不同的生成故事及能量,藉由這次的展覽來跟大家互動與分享。這是Lily的第一次展覽,她投入了很多時間跟心力。

「工作量比我預期的還要多更多!因為所有東西x100都是一個超瘋狂的數量,不過這也是一種非常不同的創造性付出。」她還說:「去做、去行動跟展覽這件事情本身就是一種藝術。」

「我覺得創意思考就是挑戰框架,用非慣性的思維方式做事。每個人都可以是有創意的。你不需要在藝術上特別有天賦,創意是可以學習和練習的。」

最重要的是,她覺得當我們越接觸不同形式和角度的思維、文化和經驗,我們可以連結和融合的想法就會越寬廣。

與其說Lily是一個有創意的人,她覺得她自己比較是一個有意識和自覺的人。她喜歡將一件事情、一個問題或一個感受徹底地去思考,然後找到最適合的方式去面對處理它。

她最愛的其中一隻「怪獸」,是47號種子小怪,由乾樹葉與花瓣結合而成。Lily認為在我們每個人的內心中都住著正向與負面的「種子」,如果我們都能意識到那個帶領我們去同理、去包容、去愛的正向種子,不要忘記好好地澆灌並照顧好它們!

『意識怪獸』的展覽開幕日是9月11號星期六,Lily跟小怪獸們都準備好要迎接大家了!

Conscious Creatures 意識怪獸

Live Opening: Sept. 11, 1-3 PM |展覽開幕:9/11(六)下午1點至3點

See the Show: Sept.4-26 Monday-Sunday 10 AM-7 PM |來看展:9/4~9/26 週一~週日10:00-19:00

Location: GARDEN CITY BOOKSTORE |地點:田園城市生活風格書店 1F藝文空間

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