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Tan

Kenneth

UNITED STATES

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“I promote repetition and calm by constantly "listening" to the marking that I make and respond intuitively.”

As a Malaysian-born Chinese American who now lives in Texas, my studio practice is often rooted in exploring culture and identity issues. I am an overly self-conscious individual who constantly questions my sense of "self" and how that relates to those around me. It is a complex issue of presentation, where I am forced to choose between either the norm or “otherness" in any aspect of life.

This is a snapshot of all views of the Module work; each piece is 9.4” x 12.6”, # of Module: 35—the concept behind draw upon the visual language to establish with the audience. The work was a meditation process. When it started, each piece is a 1 to 1 relation, but at all, it is the complete symphony orchestra.

By saying so, my work often reflects my practice responding to this presentation. I express intense gratitude to address the dichotomy between order and chaos, tradition versus innovation, craft versus art, push and pull. It is the duality of my process that parallels the energy of the universe.

S2021 A #1

Ink

This is a single snapshot of 1 of the S2021 A. In a single piece, it is a personal 1 to 1 meditation relationship at a static stage.

Most of the work is meant to open a dialogue with the audience. This conversation is as silent as discreet, but there is a rebellious message within the silence.

The outcome of most of my work is not as important in comparison to the "process of creating."

My process of making begins with the meditation process. I would spend hours and hours making layers and layers of random marks on cardboard, a recycling box, or any found object. This process allows me to calm down and focus.

I wanted to create the visual and physical response to human’s sensory system. As I can view, feel, and touch, indirectly that would encourage the feeling and sensation.

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I firmly believe each creation is a relationship built upon with an emptiness to complete fullness. The piece has its own voice, and it is an organic static symbolic when it began. When it is complete, it is a whole complex dynamic symphony. Along the process, I promote repetition and calm by constantly "listening" to the marking that I make and respond intuitively.

All view picture - The work is calling upon the audience to feel when they are "in" the drawing. It is a symbolic organic response to human nature, as we were born, in the path of growing up, and die as all are back to nature organic stage. Along the path, we are going through the ripple effect. Almost everyone in the world is experiencing multiple ripple effects, including pandemic, storm, flood, hate crime, and many negative impacts.

I express intense gratitude to address the dichotomy between order and chaos, tradition versus innovation, craft versus art, push and pull. It is the duality of my process that parallels the energy of the universe.

Side view of S2021B

Overall, the outcome of most of my work is not as important in comparison to the "process of creating." Each stroke of ink or paint is not merely a mark; it contains layers of collective information and exploration of my identity.

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