Vivian Chiu was born in Los Angeles and emigrated to Hong Kong at the age of three. Her interests in creating objects and the visual arts led her to attend the Rhode Island School of Design where she graduated with a BFA in Furniture Design. With an aptitude for problem-solving and a sensitivity towards materials, Vivian creates sculptures that attempt to formalize coincidental happenings in repetitive labour-intensive processes. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Vivian was constantly surrounded by a busy urban landscape and learned to appreciate simple forms and organic materials.Her first works in college through were very conceptual, as she felt influenced by Sol Lewitt and Andy Warhol, but got soon more interested in the technical aspect of art and began deepening her curiosity towards crafts. “I try to push myself physically with my work, so naturally I work with patterns and converging lines. I try to make illusions and have the viewer question how the piece is made. I am a huge fan of the “second glance” and I hope that my work does that when presented in form of an audience.”
Chiu seems fascinated by repetition and intricate pieces fitting together perfectly in a puzzle-like fashion. Together the pieces create a whole, yet separately, they function (to some degree) as well. In addition to the originality of the work, her craftsmanship is remarkable.
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