This is a scene about the unstable time, about 2020, about quarantine life. More than 100 days, the streets were quiet enough to hear a leaf fall on the ground. The rooms and the houses look like little cells one after the next one. Alternatively, the virtual world exploded. Each of us has an invisible bubble-like space to receive information, express thoughts and to send out updates with emotions. It inflates when containing huge amounts of our mental activities. And sometimes, it has risks to pop when overloaded.
The life seems paused, yet, the time is still going on. The shadow in the bottom-left corner is a blur phantom of Geothelphusa monticola, a kind of crab that can only be found specifically in my hometown, Taichung, Taiwan. I don’t know if I was also the one who blows up the bubbles or the one who was drowned in them during this chaos.
Coming from a Clinical Psychology background, Hsiao-Chu (Julia) Hsia tends to utilize psychology skills in her artworks, to engage with people in a mild and gentle way. Julia came to the U.S. to pursue her Master’s degree in Community Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA,) located in Baltimore, Maryland. Julia responds to the world by creating art, and she believes it is necessary and important to provide a safe space for people to talk about sensitive issues.
As an artist, activist, and educator, Julia raises awareness of social issues through her paintings and performances. She invites people to think about the message behind her art and join the conversation with an open mind while viewing her artworks and watching her performances.
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Acrylic on Canvas