Graduated from The Parsons – The New School for Design with a Master of Fine Art, James Hsieh had grown up in Taiwan, in a suburban farm. He has always been a curious child that reflects now in his artist practice.
James Hsieh: “I’m dedicated to create a dream environment by approaching both sound and space and allowing the viewer to experience them in a sensorial way. Moreover, I also approach stop-motion animation to transform my dream into visual narratives. Most of my works are inspired by the nature, such as flowers and plants. It is also connected to my childhood memories and grew up in the countryside, while I spent all of my times with my grandparent in their garden. I like to use playful and childlike ways to communicate with serious and adult subjects. Thus, I’m very interested in the contradictions between childlike qualities and the darkness behind it.
Additionally, by transforming my studio into a dream place, I propose further for it to engage with reality. Through a wearable sculpture, I perform an exploration of the urban landscape in specific time and places, continuing these clashes between a surreal context and real life. In this piece, I try to express the loneliness and lost of myself while dreaming by presenting the emptiness of the bustling places in New York City to create a surreal contrast. Taking it further, I propose a performance to interact/engage with the public and explore more possibilities from its potential performativity.”
James Hsieh is an actively exhibiting artist. His recent work includes a commissioned public art piece in Queens for the Tree Lighting Ceremony, a residency at Textile Art Center in New York City, the appearance at the 2018 Armory Show, and numerous group exhibitions including RE:ARTISTE's 4th Annual International Exhibition "Show Your World" in 2018.