Shih Hsiung Chou (b. 1989, Taipei, Taiwan) is a contemporary artist, who holds his bachelor in Central St. Martins College of Arts & Design, London, UK, and currently studies his M.F.A in Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut, US.
Since my art practice has taken on ideas of making art through an investigation of material processes and the formation of meaning and identity, I have begun considering the relationship between my work and the history of painterly art, but inflected through questions about how the meaning of the object or image works contextually and symbolically. More recently, I have been exploring a process of image making that plays with a complex set of internal/external spatial relations.
Having investigated the relationship between artists and art materials throughout history, I have tried to push the boundary of painting and practiced painting in my own ways. This Oil Painting never dry, nor does it sit on a canvas. The space within a clear perspex frame is filled by recycle engine oil. This contextually relevant material is preserved as a monumental painterly art, and represents time and space through reflective surface. I’m not trying to imitate an oil painting, I’m trying to make one. And if I disregard the assumption that painting is layers of pigments applied to a surface, then I am practicing painting by other means.