Who are you and what do you do?
I am Le Liu(L), I am a master student studying at Glasgow School of Art. My major is Fine Art in Practice. I come from China. I finished my bachelor’s degree in China. I have learned art for 8 years, 6 years of classical art, 2 years of modern and contemporary art. I love drawing and painting, which is free and spontaneous for me. I also like to read all kinds of art books. (photo, magazine, (really like Frieze) as well as theory) I hope I can be a great artist. I have one hobby, which is writing. I like writing the sutras, I have been writing for about 10 years.
Why do you do what you do?
Sometimes my friend and I will talk about this topic, we
think the aim of one artist doing art because we what to express or represent
our idea or opinions which how we see this world, what we experienced. I learned from another artist about what I
do, “if we can express through talking, which is good if we cannot, we need to
find one of the materials that fit us, the ways to show that belong to us. Like
some artists may match with oil painting, some match with wood, or metal, some
may be more suitable with performance. For me, I like to try all different
materials and ways, but recently, I am obsessed with spontaneous drawing lines.
How do you work?
I probably work like most artists, finding an idea, doing
some research, practice, come up with a new theory, express the ideal and feel.
I think this is the situation of the art world. however, Sometimes I have a
strong urge, it pushes me to do something, it comes fast and goes fast. Also,
do it fast. but some of my friends said it is cheap. so far now, I basically
work by myself in my studio, draw with my sketchbook, or iPad, recoded with my
What’s your background?
Quite a tradition, because I come from a long history
country with long history culture, this culture has been assimilated in Chinese
people ‘s blood. which shows in our minds and habit. Also, I come from a poor
village in Wuhan China, I have a big family, lots of family members, they are
all traditional, I have a crazy dad. My mom is normal. But I am quite an open
mind. Because I always want to escape my family’s influence on me. so
sometimes, I feel kind to contradict my mind. So, my work is plain due to my
background. I think my traditional part and open part always dragging me, it
can make me hard to choose.
How do you think the current (coronavirus epidemic)
situation could affect artists and their local communities?
Yes, it’s very serious in my hometown, they are very afraid of it, all the people cancelled all activities and they just stay at home for nearly two months by the government control, But some artists still can draw and paint at home and some of the artists holds an event which is to make artworks show their feelings in this kind of situation. and encourage people to get through this tough time. Fortunately, this situation is becoming well in China.
Do you think the government should ensure culture does not
disappear during these difficult times?
The government should do this, the government is a
powerful control. Also, the public is a requester. Culture is important for people,
culture can be heritage, so it should be protected. Culture is the knowledge of
a nation, one person can live on belief, one nation can depend on culture.
Culture can be influential.
Is the current situation impacting your art practice?
Before one week, I still can go to my studio. But now, the school closed. And I don’t know when it will open again, so I basically can stay in my room, but I still can draw and do oil painting in my bathroom.
What role does the artist have in society?
In my opinion,
in some kind, the artist is Missionary, we do the work based our thinking, we
bond with our idea, then we try to show our idea in different ways. Although
artists don’t use the speaker to promote their belief in public or on the
street, in a special way, the audience will go to the gallery and museum to see
it, think about it, record it. Talk about it. Even buy it. Artist, they create
their own path, genres. The posterity will learn it, study it, oblate it.
How has your practice changed over time?
changed a lot, when I was a kid, I used to draw some illustrations. which are
basically cartoon characters. After that I learned Academic techniques, I
started to obsess with classical art, like early Renaissance sketches, I like
the way they draw figures, the curve ways, it looks interesting and vivid.
also, I love Rembrandt, the perfect shadow and light. Then at the third of my
college, I start to know modern and contemporary. Which looks cold. Because
nowadays, the artworks which are fancy, they are basically displayed in a place
with pale and cold light. the meaning is deep and abstract, the feeling is cold
and has nothing with you.
What themes do you pursue?
Lines, words, and then about
human beings. I always want to touch them. Lines and words are connected with
me. Human beings are curious for everyone. I like to find the reason why.
Anything we did before, there is a reason, it may look like causal nexus, it
may connect with religion philosophy and math.
Should art be funded?
It need be, lots of young artists are talented, work hard.
They deserved to be funded. it can be a fountain, when we get it, we can make
What research do you do?
Actually, my research quite boring. the work that I show
you about exit and bystander. it connects with religion and philosophy, the
tree of life and Heidegger ‘s Being and exists. Recently I am researching with
Math, philosophy, which is about my project “the relationship of limit and
accumulation”. It’s strange because I have no idea how it going like this, it
is difficult for me because the data is limited but I still want to do it.
What is your dream project?
I hope that I can develop my writing sutras as lines of art. To make a whole pack of with a lot of things, grate mind, theme. Maybe like Kiefer, I read his book, Die Kunst geht knapp nicht unter chinses version, its great, expansive of his mind. I like him, I like this book.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
Like most of the young artist, I hope I can be a good artist, which I can live in my art so that I don’t need to get another job to support my art. Then I hope that I can get a doctorate degree. I hope I can learn one thing very progressive.