In the Studio with Chung-Ping Cheng

In the Studio with Chung-Ping Cheng

What does a day in your art practice look like?

If I take pictures on location, such as a park or on the street, I will check the weather first. Is it good? Bad? Raining? Cloudy? When is sunrise or sundown? Then I pack my equipment. If it’s raining, I will bring the raincoat for myself and the cover for camera and lens.

What is your medium of choice? Why?

I do fine art photography, I shoot with film and print my work in the darkroom. I like traditional photography.

Why is art important to you?

I like to create art to convey what I think and what I feel. I like to visit galleries and museums, to see how artists express themself through their art work. It’s interesting and authentic.

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What influences your work?

I was educated in Taiwan, studied History at National Taiwan University. When I moved here, I took many classes in City College. Both the eastern and western cultures influence my work.

What is the most challenging part about being an artist?

The most challenging part is getting opportunities to share my work in exhibitions.

What advice would you give your younger self?

To do art as young as possible.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work?

To keep passion in art, not only my self but also others.

What’s next for you in the future?

The next is to keep doing.

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Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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