Hsun yuan Hsu (Sharon) is a painter and sculptor born and raised in Tainan, Taiwan.
From a young age, her parents supported her early interest in art. Sharon attended art-focused schools since the age of eight, and graduated from the Tainan University of Technology with a BFA degree in Fine Art Painting.
After graduating, Sharon worked as a middle-school and high-school level art teacher. In 2013, she journeyed to the United States to pursue an MFA degree in Fine Art Sculpture from the Academy of Art University. In Spring 2017, She received the NICHE Award for ceramic sculpture.
Sharon enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors, and the natural world she encounters provides the inspiration for her art.
"I am fascinated by how sculpture, typically stiff and immovable, can be transformed by modeling and design into something moving, alive and growing. I base my sculptural works on nature, most often plants, to create living sculptures that show this idea of movement and growth. I also incorporate fractal and geometric patterns like spirals, to contrast and draw attention to the organic forms in my sculptures. In one recent triptych of ceramic sculptures, I based the form of the three pieces on a magnified photo of plant cells. The way these geometric building blocks make up plant life really interested me. Each piece in the three-piece series grows larger and more detailed than the last. When viewed together, they create a visual timeline of the growth process."
"I also take my inspiration from fruits and vegetables I have seen daily in markets in America and Asia. I have created works based on artichokes, sugar apples, and dragon fruit, which I picked because of their mixture of colors and diverse textures. I imagine new life sprouting out of these familiar plants, adding tail-like forms and spirals. By combining these elements, I aim to show the warmth and dynamic nature of life."
See more of her work at: www.hsunyuanart.com
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