The life as an artist
Jacky first started to exhibit her own work in 2008, at an art contest where she ended up in the finals. She has also exhibited at the Agora Gallery in New York, in a group exhibition with the theme Unbound Perspective. Earlier this year, she also contributed to an art exhibition in Helsinki, Finland. Fifteen years ago, Jacky began to explore her artistic skills. Back then, she did not know how far she would go. As a poor student, she tried her way forward.
– All materials cost, so you need to find the second-best thing, for me, it was for a long time recycled photo copied paper, or anything that people had just thrown out, so I used them. So, I think from there I have convinced people that it’s not about the material, it’s about the ideas, says Jacky.
Jacky's artistic processes vary in time, depending on the size of the project, from a few weeks up to three months. Her use of watercolor has an impact of the time requirement. A recurring theme in the projects is Jacky's pursuit of implementing its origins.
– I use a lot of red colors, since in the Chinese culture red means prosperity, longevity and all things good. So, red is ultimately the color that represents the highlights of my artwork. It has become my signature mark, says Jacky.
The choice of paper is an important aspect to Jacky. Its weight is crucial for how smoothly a paper is folded and the growth of an artwork. Jacky's work is patience-driven and carefully calculated paperwork.
– The process could mean that I take tiny, little pieces of paper, and I glue the bottom, and stick them on to each other, and I cut around it or vice versa. So, piece-by-piece, the artwork slowly grows, to a point where it can become a pattern of something, says Jacky.It's very important for Jacky to keep her history alive and preserve the essence of it.
– I’m afraid that I will disconnect with my culture one day, and I don’t want to. One of the aspects to preventing that is to keep making the artwork that I do, says Jacky.