Artist Statement: Chia-Chen Hsu
I had been an international student for ten years. The way of living as an international student was different from immigration, therefore, except the national identity given by my passport, living under different cultures reshape the definition of myself: the citizen of the world/ cosmopolitan. In my practices, cosmopolitanism- means to have equal value of all human kinds and cultures globally and locally.
Meskimmon (2011) motioned that the notion of citizenship in global level should be considered as the citizen of the world and share equal rights and identity.
Living in the contemporary globalized world, cultures in various countries were hybrid with other different cultures. My identity is not just based on a single culture; instead it became a new hybrid one. The diverse culture traveling horizontally in time and space, just like floating in the Third Space from Homi Bhabha (1990). The idea of the Third Space was developed by Homi Bhabha, the third space is a concept of not only new cultural hybrid from more than one cultures or nationality, but cultural diversity identity coexist and traveling in spaces. My work highlights the personal aspects of my hybrid identity and memory that allows me to speak in the ‘third’ language.
In various living spaces, cultural and political experiences, the contemporary living experience cannot be simplified from one location to the other. My practices combined within various painting skills and elements to represent the hybrid textures of life. My painting process engaged both the traditional Chinese
and the Western painting styles. I also collage with various media to represent my multifaceted identity and the new vision and imagination after the hybrid.
The source of my creation came from colors and landscape from my living experience. Exploring the transformation of the shifting space and how the
multi-cultural experience constructs my new perspective of life. Through these paintings, I am searching and making a vivid identity of mine and create artworks to depict this colorful world.