Pearl C. Hsiung | Phenomenal I
My practice investigates how human and nature are endlessly reflected in each other and further explores that interconnectedness by exposing the blurred boundary between the two. I seek to inspire in viewers a strong visceral response as powerful and awe-inspiring as when one witnesses natural phenomena such as a geyser eruption, an infinite mountain-scape, a vast rainbow, or a lunar eclipse. The dynamic energy, endless transformation, and infinite power of creation that occurs in these natural events are also embodied in every human. Using our relationship to nature as a starting point, the aim is to challenge viewers with a bold aesthetic that poses the question “what am I looking at?” Visual art has the unique ability to convey abstract ideas and complex emotions while leaving room for multiple and varied interpretations. Art being created in Los Angeles does this; the boundlessness of this city inspires as boundless an art culture. Phenomenal I offers a prismatic metaphor for the dynamism of Los Angeles, its people and communities and our endless innovation and creation. We are forces of nature.