the Art of Transformation
This is a journey which documents the continuous evolution of how artists create their works.
"Transformation" denotes a change in perspective and also indicates an on-going movement. Why do artists choose a residency? What motivates them to leave their daily routine? Some artists say this is to experience the process of familiarizing the unfamiliar, and to review their own transformation. At a new location, artists self-adjust, learn and give feedback, among other things. It is an experience that values the process of art creation more than the results.
Through transformation, contemporary craft has come to emphasize, besides materials and techniques, values and conceptions. Care for humanity, social issues, and the environment follows, just as the complicated, intertwined relationships of individuals and groups. Sociologist Richard Sennett once said, "Every good craftsman conducts a dialogue between concrete practices and thinking; this dialogue evolves into sustaining habits, and these habits establish a rhythm between problem solving and problem finding."
Through the exhibition, we hope to provide a peek into the world of artist-in-residence, as well as the language of contemporary craft that these artists intend to convey.