As part of the Saturday Salon Series, HCCC is pleased to present Resident Artist Talks by current residents, Vivian Chiu and Jenna Wright.
Discover the artistic process of working craft artists at this afternoon event. Learn about the artists’ works of art, influences, processes, and materials. After the talks, explore the artists’ studios, where visitors are encouraged to ask questions.
Vivian Chiu was born in Los Angeles and emigrated to Hong Kong at the age of three. Her interests in creating objects and the visual arts led her to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated with a BFA in furniture design. With an aptitude for problem solving and a sensitivity towards materials, Vivian creates sculptures that attempt to formalize coincidental happenings in repetitive processes. Using the conflicts and commonalities between Eastern and Western culture, Vivian channels her physical energy into labor-intensive methods to not only create visually dynamic work but also to pay conscious homage to her family’s history in factory work.
Vivian has completed residencies with Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Sculpture Space, Haystack Mountain School, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She most recently lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY. Vivian will be with HCCC from June – August, 2017. For more information, visit www.vivianchiudesigns.com.
Jenna Wright graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a BFA focusing on ceramics and a BSE in art education. She received her MFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Primarily a ceramic sculptor, she often incorporates mixed media into her works.
Jenna says her work starts with the home and the dense suburban environment of her native New Jersey. “The essence of intimacy and abstraction of the sociological home is what I debate. The molding of an individual, the formation (interior/exterior) of a home, and the shaping of a landscape all have common ideals in our society. I am exploring how conventional social pressures impact our understanding of home, domestic comforts, and objects, as well as introducing personal subject matter.”
Jenna was an artist-In-residence at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, Maryland. Most recently, she had a solo show at VisArts Center in Rockville, Maryland, showcasing work incorporating a variety of materials. She has also participated in juried group exhibitions such as Women’s XXChange in Baltimore, Maryland, and Emulsion in Washington, D.C. Jenna will be with HCCC for the month of July, 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.jennawrightart.com/about/.
HCCC’s Saturday Salon Series explores the many facets of craft through artist talks, curator-led discussions, demonstrations, and more.