Ava Hsueh (b.1956)
Ava Hsueh earned a B.A. from National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan in 1979, a Master’s in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in New York in 1986, and a Doctor of Arts from New York University in 1995. Currently, she is an honorary professor in the doctoral program in Art Creation and Theory at Tainan National University of the Arts. A product of formal academic training, she combines the various facets of artist, scholar, and educator in one, with a deep grounding in Oriental aesthetics and humanities and culture, and the stimulus of Western artistic thinking. These influences have enriched her creative vision and makeup to cultivate her ability to use diverse media with aplomb, and to forge multifaceted abstract expression.
Accustomed to working without a roadmap, Ava Hsueh engages in all-encompassing creation, logically spanning the canvas with linear narrative. How to achieve a harmonious perspective while working up close from a limited viewpoint without breaking down into disorder? When working with lines from an elevated position, how to present potent penetration while subject to limitations of physical stamina or arm length? And how to achieve balance between rational thinking and emotional expression so that excessive rational calculation does not overcome the image’s natural feeling? These all become the artist’s greatest challenges.
A studio in a converted Changhua warehouse with a distinct industrial air became the starting point for Hsueh’s oversized creations. The ample space with high ceilings permits the artist to make extra large paintings reaching as tall as two stories high, allowing sufficient space for examining the works from various distances and heights. Standing on a custom-made long trellis, the space underfoot lets the artist bend, stretch, and leap as she traces long lines, or sweeps across the canvas with rapid, explosive movements.
Ava Hsueh is keenly focused on how to re-develop various aspects of abstract art, taking the language of abstraction as the expressive form for creating art, juxtaposing hot and cold abstract symbols in response to changing times, and to further explore the essence of contemporary abstract art. Hsueh’s works have been featured in exhibitions in Taiwan, China, the United States, France, Italy, Korea, and Japan, and held in the collections of institutions such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, National Art Museum of China in Beijing, and the White Rabbit Gallery in Australia, as well as private hands.