Today we have another mini interview with a New Moon 2012 artist as well as a sneak peek at his work. Artist Martin Hsu talks about his Chinese heritage, his Dragon Boy character’s connection to himself and his own Chinese zodiac sign, the Horse.
What zodiac sign have you chosen and why?
I’ve chosen the Year of the Dragon because it’s the most dear to me. There have been plenty of great dragons in our family including my grandfather who fought in wars back in China. I also picked the dragon because of my personal relationship to it. The little boy depicted in my piece is Dragon Boy. In a way, Dragon Boy is a representation of me which tells the story of a little boy in a foreign land trying to find his roots and identity. He’s in a dragon suit because that’s all he knew about his culture at first. He dreams about flying over the Yellow River and visiting his ancestor which were the great dragons of China. Blackie, the Kirin chow chow is Dragon Boy’s constant companion and is also based on my childhood dog.
Tell us a bit about your piece and the process for creating it.
I’ve mostly been painting in acrylic and cel vinyl on wood for it’s vibrancy and texture. I think the natural pattern of the wood really makes the piece extra special.
What is your zodiac sign and do you think it is accurate?
I was born in the Year of the Horse. I think it’s extremely accurate, especially with distinct features like my long face and ponytail. I’m also a fan of trotting when I’m in a good mood.
Make sure you come to the opening reception of New Moon 2012 on January 20th from 6-9pm to see Martin’s work as well as the work of 17 other amazingly talented artists. And keep an eye on this blog for more sneak peeks prior to the show as well as coverage of the opening and the works in the show.