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INTERVIEW

Jacky Tsai

Jacky Tsai embraces two cultural extremes: his native Chinese and pop-art references, which he combines to blend the limits of art and fashion. He talks about the importance of these two influences, as well as the sensibility inherent to his creative process and approach to contemporary art and fashion markets. Your art is said to merge traditional Eastern influences with those of western commercial art. What do you consider to be the most interesting aspects of these, both in general and in your work? Eastern influence or traditional Chinese art is very different from modern art. Chinese art is crafted with attention to detail, a masterpiece as displayed in an auction house. On the other hand, contemporary commercial art is appreciated on a mass scale, affordable in every household. The most interesting aspect of creating a harmony between these two polar opposites is the challenge of it. As for my work, I am fascinated with the combination of Western and Eastern backgrounds, and am blessed with the ability to create art that finds such a harmony. As an artist, what is your central preoccupation when dealing with a fashion project? Do your work methods differ? Art and fashion have different values. In art, the artist is central; he or she can create anything from his/her feelings. But for fashion, the customers take central stage. The artist has to juggle between customers’ feedbacks, demands, and desires while remaining true to who the artist is. To continuously present the market

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