LandEscape Art Review // Special Issue - Page 44

LandE scape Jing Zhou CONTEMPORARY ART REVIEW because it involves many complex and debatable issues. On the other hand, as the human society dramatically transformed in the past two millennia, the stages of human physical and psychological developments remain the same as they were in the ancient times. Many universal messages are timeless and soulful, which are shared by all human beings. In this realm, I don’t see dualities in contemporary and traditional arts, except different ways of aesthetic expression. Over the years, your award winning work has been widely shown and collected internationally and one of the hallmarks of your work is the capability to create a direct involvement with the viewers, who are urged to evolve from a condition of mere spectatorship. So before leaving this conversation we would like to pose a question about the nature of the relationship of your art with your audience. Do you consider the issue of audience reception as being a crucial component of your decisionmaking process, in terms of what type of language is used in a particular context? I am a designer and artist. For my design work, which is goal-oriented, I use all possible strategies to serve my clients. However, when I create fine artwork, I need to search for my personal voice, which requires me to be temporarily isolated from the outside influences including my audience. Meanwhile, I also believe that an artwork has its own fate once it is created, so it is up to the audience to interoperate my work. Therefore, the issue of audience reception has not been a crucial component of my decision-making process. Thanks a lot for your time and for sharing your thoughts, Jing. Finally, would you like to tell us readers something about your future projects? How do you see your work evolving? Right now, I am fascinated by the splendid landscape of multi-cultures. I would like to continuous this exploration. I am also concerned about the current social issues and the well-being of our world. Therefore, my work will most likely involve the two directions, which could branch into various subjects. An interview by Katherine Williams, curator and Josh Ryder, curator