Interview with Vincent CY Chen

Primitive Effort  / Mixed Media / 2014

Primitive Effort / Mixed Media / 2014

Vincent CY Chen (born 1993) is a New York-based Taiwanese artist, who's interest in the human body led him to explore a wide array of subjects allowing him to truly develop an understanding of the opposing but not always contradicting polarities; interwoven between the structural composition and mental psyche of human development. Chen specializes in creating art that is true to his journey in exploring and defining the meaning of being human. These art forms include but are not limited to sculptures, mixed media installations, and performances. 

Color Wheel Exhibition  / New York / 2015

Color Wheel Exhibition / New York / 2015

Who is your intended audience?

I don’t work on my art with specific audience in mind, perhaps most of the time I’m the worst critic for my own art so I try very hard to make something I personally think that are meaningful and aesthetically pleasing for my own eyes.

What inspires you?

All kinds of stuff happens to human or I should say all animals physically and mentally inspires me. Growth and decay, life and death, mental behavior and illness, human beliefs and traditions from ancient time to modern society.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

Tools are something a sculptor cannot live without, I especially like to think that tools are the extensions of human body. I work on a wide rage of material from foam to epoxy clay to 3D printing therefore there isn’t a single tool that dominates my art making experience, I would say my hands are the best tools and the ones I cannot live without. 

Eye See Corolla  / Mixed Media / 2015

Eye See Corolla / Mixed Media / 2015

Why do you make art?

I think the reason why I make art is same as the reason why I masturbate, it’s something I do out of urge and desire, and the experience undoubtedly pleasurable.

How would you describe your art?

I would say my sculptures can be described uncanny, I like how they all seem oddly familiar to me and hopefully to the viewers.

Name a couple of things that makes you happy?

Good food, interesting books and of course, art!

Do you have any bad habits? And does it affects on your art?

I guess smoking would be my bad habit. Every now and then new ideas for art come across my mind during my smoking breaks.

Studio view  / New York / 2015

Studio view / New York / 2015

What kinds of books do you read usually?

Adventurous fantasy novels! Nothing sparks my imagination as much as a good fantasy novel.

Can you tell me about your relationship with your work?

I see my works as my spiritual companions, I feel like I make art just so I don’t feel as lonely as I really am, on the other hand, the transformation of the intangible idea in my mind into plastic reality proves that I was once existed.


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