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Portfolio Ya-Hua Chiang

Odd Cactus

watercolor paper, dual brush pen


Contents Gallery Formal Works Eight ways to talk ...................................................... 7 Say something crazy at day one ............................ 9 Shallow ....................................................................... 11

Private Works : Female Look Back .................................................................. 13 Mother Sun Mother Moon ....................................... 15 Shadow ..................................................................... 17 Giving and Receiving .............................................. 19 Future ......................................................................... 21

Private Works : Partners Gadgets .................................................................... Plants ......................................................................... Music ......................................................................... Clothes ...................................................................... Art Supplies ...............................................................

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Private Works : Story Sad Clown ................................................................ 33 The Soup ................................................................... 35 Modern Love ............................................................ 37

About Me.............................................................

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Gallery atholic unive nc

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Formal Works

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09.07 ~ 09.13

Eight ways to talk

Say something crazy at day one

Shallow

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Gallery Female

Mother Sun Mother Moon

Look Back

Giving and Receiving

Shadow Future

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Gallery Partners

Clothes Gadgets

Music

Plants

Art Supplies

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Gallery Story

Sad Clown

The Soup

Modern Love

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Gallery Others

Look into the distance

Sacred cat

Girl in Pondering

Kumiko

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Graduation Exhibition poster Eight ways to talk

Eight ways to talk

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The ideation of “Eight ways to talk” Sketch of

Eight ways to talk

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I made this poster for the graduation exhibition of my class. Since we had eight groups, the design is based on the number 8. This exhibition tells the story of one of the oldest markets in Taiwan, which is called “Tik - huà Kue”. First, I tried to make it simple, but it didn’t express the spirit of “Tik - huà Kue”, so I decided to use a design based on old Taiwanese tiles to symbolize the old buildings here in Taiwan. I used blue as the main color to symbolize the harmony of old and new culture. “Tik - huà Kue”

Old Taiwanese tile

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School Exhibition poster

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09.07 ~ 09.13

Say something crazy at day one illustrator

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The ideation of “Say something crazy at day one� Sketch of Say something crazy at day one

In this exhibition, everyone had a different theme, so I decided to focus on the shape of Chinese characters and use blue and red to catch people's attention. I hope that this poster gives people a feeling of youthful energy.

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GEISAI TAIWAN#3

Shallow

Shallow

glasses, vinyl record, Acrylic paint, cotton cloth, oil paint, lection, canvas

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The ideation of “Shallow” sketch of

“Shallow”

200 cm card

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This was first time I attended an art exhibition. At that time, I was fascinated with eyes, so I created a series of artworks about them. I named this series “Shallow”, because I think people use eyes to see things, but never really know what their own eyes look like. I used different materials to show the beauty of eyes and help viewers to experience this beauty.

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Look Back

Look Back

watercolor pencil, cardboard, dual brush pen

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The ideation of “Look Back”

I believe that many women still suffer due to gender inequality problems, so I wanted to illustrate women’s worries. I chose an image of a woman wearing a burqa to symbolize “worry”. She is the only person who is looking back in this painting, because she always feels tense and worries about the things around her. The other seven girls symbolize the “comfortable”. I wanted to compare the two sides of the world and show how some people may have lives we couldn’t ever imagine. sketch of Look Back

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Mother Sun, Mother Moon

Mother Sun, Mother Moon watercolor pencil, cardboard, watercolor paper, spray paint, dual brush pen

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The ideation of “Mother Sun Mother Moon � 1. First, I used black spray paint to paint the cardboard and confirm the position of the different parts. 2. I painted each part separately on watercolor paper, and then stuck them on the cardboard.

For me, the image of the sun and moon are both women. They both take care of the earth, and I think they are like two sides of a coin, so they share the same body. I was inspired by the pictures of a girl playing basketball. She is only using one finger to spin the ball and looks so powerful. This makes me think of the connection between the sun, moon and earth.

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Shadow

Shadow

cardboard, Acrylic paint

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The ideation of “Shadow”

I have always been interested in the cultural ideas behind the burqa, but I am also really angry about this phenomenon because it shows that some people still receive unfair treatment. I used an image of the eyes of a woman wearing a burqa as the shadow, and the image of the girl below represents women who still suffer as a result of this kind of unfair tradition. I used skin tones and black to show the woman’s desire to remove the burqa. Sketch of Shadow

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Giving and Receiving

Giving and Receiving cardboard, Acrylic paint

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The ideation of “Giving and Receiving�

In my family, men have more power than women; females have always given more than they received in my family. I believe many families around the world experience this kind of phenomenon. In this painting, I wanted to show the desire for receiving and being loved. The line between the face and hands symbolizes all sorts of difficulties that women may have to deal with, and I chose to paint the person without hair because I think men also have the same problem sometimes.

Sketch of Giving and Receiving

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Future

Future

watercolor pencil, cardboard, watercolor paper, spray paint, paper tape, technical pen

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The ideation of “Future”

First, I wanted to find an image of a strong woman. When I saw this picture, I could feel the confidence and courage in her eyes and body language, but it also made me feel that she is worried about the future. So, I put stairs in the background to symbolize “future”. The stairs become lighter and lighter until the end, which means that the future is getting better. However, the girl is looking back, which means she is not sure about her future. In this painting, I wanted to show the power of women - although gender inequality is still a serious problem, I believe the situation will improve in the future. 1. I used paper tape to create the line of the stairs. 2. First, I used black spray paint to paint the cardboard. 3. I also used white spray paint to create layers.

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Gadgets

Gadgets

watercolor paper, dual brush pen

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The ideation of “Gadgets”

Nowadays, hi-tech products play an import role in our lives, and many people can’t live without them, including me. These gadgets not only entertain us, but also help us deal with things in life and work. I illustrated several kinds of hi-tech products that I use every day - they are all good partners in my daily life.

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Plants

Plants

watercolor paper, dual brush pen

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The ideation of “Plants�

I began planting different species a few years ago. When I started doing it, I fell in love with the feeling of planting. I go to the flower market almost every week, and there are also more and more plants in my room every week. I especially like cacti because there are so many kinds and shapes of cactus, so you never know how one will grow. There are more than 30 plants in my room, and each one has different meaning for me. They are like silent friends: they are alive, but they are just quietly keep us company.

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Music

Music

watercolor paper, dual brush pen, technical pen

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The ideation of “Music�

Music has been a big part of my life since high school, and I love everything related to it. I began learning to play guitar when I was 18, and I have maintained my passion for it until now. In my opinion, music can never be free, so I still have the habit of buying CDs. I also really like the feeling I have when I attend concerts. In this painting, I included a lot of things related to music. For me, music can follow you wherever you go.

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Clothes

Clothes

watercolor paper, dual brush pen

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The ideation of “Clothes�

In my opinion, the things I wear, like clothes, pants, bags, etc., are not consumables. If I buy some clothing, I use it until it is worn out, so I rarely buy clothes, and I always think twice before I do. In this painting, I illustrate the clothes I wear daily. For me, clothes are like a partner who will protect you every day.

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Art Supplies

Art Supplies

watercolor paper, dual brush pen, technical pen

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The ideation of “Art Supplies�

I love trying different painting materials, so I have accumulated lots of art supplies in my room. In addition, my mother was an art school student, so I have inherited lots of pens and brushes from her. She has deeply influenced me, and this makes me wants to work in the art field in the future. For me, art supplies have their own self-consciousness. When you paint, you are not the only one controlling it -it is more like partnership. If you and your partner work really well together, you will create a great piece of art.

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Sad Clown

Sad Clown

sketch paper, pencil

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The ideation of “Sad Clown”

Hiro Yamagata - Collector

clown magnet

I found this clown magnet in an antique shop. When I walked into the shop, this magnet really caught my attention, so I bought it without a second thought. I put it on my lamp. Although the clown looks really sad, I still felt really happy to see it every day. One day, however, I thought it might be really good if someone could cheer it up, so I created a clown kingdom. Each tiny clown in this kingdom wants to cheer my sad clown up. The idea of tiny clowns was inspired by the Japanese artist “Hiro Yamagata”, who is an expert in creating worlds filled with lots of small people.

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The Soup

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The Soup

marker, marbled paper

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The ideation of “The Soup” Developed view

First, I saw a technique called “chap book”, which involves using only a piece of paper to make a book. I was really interested in this technique, so I decided to write a short story to make a tiny picture book. At that moment, I also really wanted to have a cup of hot soup, so I created a funny story about making soup. The story also talks about teamwork, and I hope that this tiny book can be both funny and educational. Front Cover

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Modern Love

Morern Love illustrator

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The ideation of “Modern Love”

Sketch of Modern Love

Yayoi Kusama - Women in a Dream

This eight-block comic was inspired by a painting by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. She uses really simple lines to illustrate human faces. I thought it might be really interesting to put a face and a block together. First, I tried to use a needle pen to paint with, but it didn’t look very good. This was because the lines didn’t look sharp enough, so I used computer graphics to create clear lines. This worked really well, so I made a short eight-block comic about modern love.

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About Me

Ya-Hua Chiang 1991, 04, 17 Taiwan

Education

Fu Jen University Bachelor’s program in art and cultural creation

Working experience

Free East, Zhongshan Store Full time Seller - Jan.2016 – Jul. 2016 Moun Gar Traces, Secondhand Book Store Part-time worker - Aug.2011 – Feb.2012 FREEMAN INDUSTRIAL CORP., LTD Designer Assistant - Jul.2009 – Jul.2011

Skills

Photoshop, Illustrator, machine and basic hand sewing

Contact

yahua417@gmail.com

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