#ArtworkOfTheDay // “Ripples I,” 2020 (Mixed media on paper) by artist Chumik from her 'Ripples' series is a meditative work with organic, uplifting energy. Click the link in bio or tap the photo to shop this original artwork from our current exhibition. "I use natural pigments and metal leaf to depict various forms of water: waves, clouds, currents and undertow, riptides and backwaters. For me, the simplicity of line movement captures a feeling of awe for transient beauty, while the lexicon of water itself invites clear connections between earth and spirituality, between the constant force of change and mankind’s pursuit of transcendence." -Chumik @chumik.art⠀
Chia Hsun Yuan, known as Chumik, is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Taipei. She is a practitioner of Dharma in the Theravada tradition and her work is an ongoing visual contemplation of its core principles of interbeing (meaning everything is interwoven with something else) and universal love. Inspired by Indian miniature paintings and deeply rooted in the cultural heritage of Chinese art, she creates delicate, dreamlike paintings that aim to provide a meeting place of the spiritual and mundane, not necessarily a shrine, but a playground where souls may find their way of connection with Nature and their inner self.⠀
Chumik’s art journey began in 2010 when she studied New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2014, she has become involved in social enterprises working with nomad communities in Eastern Tibet. This experience has led to a paradigm shift in her practice, one that is grounded in respect and appreciation for the profound beauty and fragility of Nature. In order to learn the art of miniature paintings, she traveled to India to train under the tutelage of master painter Ramu Ramdev and was awarded an apprenticeship (2017-2019) for demonstrating outstanding work. Chumik’s cross-cultural perspective and familiarity with both traditional and contemporary practices have contributed to the rich, layered approach in her oeuvre.