Made possible by the Worcester Art Museum, Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, and the Indochina Arts Partnership.
My residency proposal was to engage the works of famous New England portrait artists and watercolorists in the Museum's collection. Namely, John Singer Sargent,, Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer - works by whom I grew up with as a child raised on Cape Cod, Massacusetts. From carefully observing their works and process, to discover how my own techniques and sensibilities would relate and further develop.
“Lately I’ve been working with watercolor on metal and silk. I thought it would be pleasant to come visit the New England greats, try to reconcile their techniques with my work now.” He quickly learned that the thick watercolors of Homer and John Singer Sargent didn’t work on silk – “if you load it up, it drips through” – but he nevertheless tries new ideas every day.
One thing he hopes to emulate is the timeless nature of Hopper’s paintings, creating something that in fifty years will still feel distinctly Worcester. “I’m not sure how I’ll accomplish that yet. I don’t want to be too obvious.”
Worcester Art Museum
August 12 - September 22, 2019