对话 | 冯嫣 Artist Interview | Feng Yan

​独立映像:最近如何,是否有某些计划被迫停下来?有什么新的灵感吗?
冯嫣:还不错,虽然在这个特殊的时期里一切都不太一样了,但幸运的是包括我在内的很多正慢慢恢复正常节奏。
最近对宇宙与中国文化里的天地之间的关系很感兴趣,也一直有在气象学当中得到灵感,这都是我很着迷的议题。
还会继续探索五感和涌系列。内在、五感、外界三者之间彼此拉扯的关系很吸引我。涌系列是我最早基于固定不变的绳子,自由拉扯出褶皱形状来开始的创作,我觉得这与我们在生活里前行的状态非常契合。

独立映像:这次在展览“重看”上展出的《根茎》《五感》《涌-有些时候》,你是如何开始去创作这几件作品的?
冯嫣:根茎系列中,我养的花枯萎后,变得庞大和扩张,似乎更接近盛开的形态,低垂着又像是根茎要开出花来,感受到了循环与生命力。
而五感系列是一种感官与环境互相作用的日积月累吧,一个基于眼睛为雏形的画面突然间出现在脑海里。
涌系列最初是在挤早班地铁时产生的灵感,拥挤人潮像生活无法预计,但所有人都绷着自己的弦,慢慢具象画面似乎不够承载我的情绪,开始往“涌-有些时候”的抽象表达发展了。

《根茎2》木板丙烯 60x30cm 2020
Rhizome 2, acrylic on board, 60x30cm, 2020
《根茎3》 木板丙烯 60x40cm 2020
Rhizome 3, acrylic on board, 60x40cm, 2020

独立映像:对你而言,艺术意味着什么?
冯嫣:我不创作的时候是比较单调的人吧,我几乎全部的兴趣都建立在它们与艺术的连结上,剥离艺术去看它们就会有点无所适从。艺术给了我无尽的想象空间,想到什么它就给我回馈,也让我一直充满好奇,一直激情澎湃的保持着一种学习状态,我感觉特别美好,这让我生机勃勃。

独立映像:对你影响最大的人是谁?
冯嫣:我最早受时尚影响很大,小时候家里书柜上放着97年之后的每一期ELLE和VOGUE,所以最早对于色彩、构图以及比较前卫的审美这些是从杂志开始的。一直以来对我影响最大的艺术家是山本耀司,从我第一次看到那种色彩、剪裁、留白以及很多,我就一直深受启发。

独立映像:艺术需要回应现实吗?或者说,现实也需要来自艺术的回应吗?
冯嫣:我想艺术与现实在我心里是相互的,它们都因为拥有彼此的特质而更饱满,极个人化的作品能成为某现实群体的投射,极现实化的作品也能在特定艺术视角下解读,两者分开去看待似乎彼此都变得有些单薄了,或许艺术是提炼、现实是衍生,但我认为它们不必分家。

《五感1》 110x110cm 布面丙烯 2020
Five Senses 1, acrylic on canvas, 110x110cm, 2020
《涌-有些时候3》 布面丙烯 110x110cm 2019
Wave – Sometimes 3, acrylic on canvas, 110x110cm, 2019

Artist Interview | Feng Yan

Independent & Image: How have you been doing? Are there any plans being discontinued? Or Have you got new inspiration?
Feng Yan: Not bad, though nothing is what it used to be in this special period. Luckily, many are gradually returning to their normal rhythm, including me.
Recently I’ve been very interested in the relationship between the universe and the heaven and earth in Chinese culture. I also keep getting inspiration through meteorology, these subjects all fascinate me.
I’ll continue to explore Five senses and Wave. I’m deeply intrigued by the mutual force among the internal, five senses and the external. Wave Series were my very first art works originated from fixed ropes, I pull the ropes randomly to get wrinkle shapes. I thought they resembled us when we were moving forward in real life.

Independent & Image: How did you start making the works Rhizome, Five Senses and Wave-Sometimes that are now showing at RE-SEE?
Feng Yan: In Rhizome, after the flowers I planted withered and became bigger and extended, they looked more like in full blossom. As the rhizome’s leaves drooped, it looked like there would be new flowers growing out again and it reminded me of the cycle and vitality.
While Five sense was created out of my accumulated feelings about and the interaction with the environment, all of a sudden the image of a prototype based on eyes occurred to me.
My inspiration for Wave appeared when I was in the crowded rush hour subway in the morning. Crowds were like the unpredictable life, but everyone was trying so hard to keep tight. Gradually detailed images were not enough to convey my emotions and I started switching to abstract expression like Wave-Sometimes.

Independent & Image: What does art mean to you?
Feng Yan: I’m quite dull at other times, almost all my hobbies are connected with art in one way or another. To view them while depriving the art part makes me in the middle of nowhere. Art provides me endless space for imagination, and whatever I can think of, I can get feedback. It also keeps me being curious and always ready to learn passionately, which is so wonderful that I’m full of vigor.

Independent & Image: Who are your biggest influences?
Feng Yan: Originally I was largely affected by fashion. When I was young, every issue of ELLE and VOGUE after 1997 was stacked on the bookshelf at home. As a result, these magazines gave me my very original ideas about colors, layout and comparatively avant-garde aesthetic taste. The artist who has influenced me most is always Yohji Yamamoto. Since my very first time seeing his handling colors, tailoring, blank-leaving and more, I’ve been deeply enlightened.

Independent & Image: Does art need to respond to reality? Does the reality need responses from art as well?
Feng Yan: In my opinion, art and reality co-exist mutually, each becomes more complete with the other’s feature. Artwork with strong personal characteristic could present a real group, and artwork showing reality could be interpreted via certain artistic angles. When we view art or reality separately, none could stand solidly. Maybe art is an abstraction and reality is derived; however, I don’t think we have to separate them apart.