There’s too much drama and tension nowadays, and we are constantly receiving extra information that we cannot find an inner balance. This is especially true in the technological world. We can’t have a peaceful moment because we are always seeing new information and thinking.
As a printmaker, my work primarily focuses on the simple comfort of nature's intricacies. This work is an exploration of how I view the world and my place within it. The natural world is full of small gifts –– the track of the wind, the direction of the water, the cycle of the four seasons. My hope is that by taking the time to explore these moments, I can offer solace in an often- chaotic existence.
Currently, my artistic practice is influenced by the Daoist philosophy – Wu Wei, which means Non-action, can also be called Effortless Action, Wu Wei is a state of being in which one acts perfectly and spontaneously according to the situation. I'm trying to find a way to create a space that the viewers will find space for contemplation.
By exploring the texture and form of the prints, my work intend to provide a “flow” state for my audience and myself to have a mental break from the world. Therefore, I hope to use my way of interpreting Wu Wei and Flow in an immersive way. It’s not only for my viewers, but for myself.
Anthony Huang is a Taiwanese-American artist. He was born in Taipei and raised in Shanghai, China. He received his BA in Journalism at the East China University of Political Science and Law in 2014. After spending time working as a professional ballroom-dancer and theater producer in Shanghai, he moved to the United States where he lived first in Los Angeles, California and then receved his first MFA in Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently he is studying at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for MFA in Studio Art concentrated in Printmaking.
Huang began printmaking in 2020 and became enamored with the charm of the traditional print processes. The Daoist philosophy influenced his artistic practice – Wu Wei. He's trying to use the idea of Wu Wei to rethink the relationship between urban space and the natural world and how it can create a spiritual sublimation for urban citizens.