are developed in the studio. The books that
are available on-line are very expensive, so
I wanted to do a inexpensive version. I will
give the public a cookbook that will allow
them to create their own Leonardo.
JIA: Looking at your de Young installation,
I see the many parts, as well as the whole. I
really like the area that resembles an explosion coming from the corner. The almost
violent eruptions of black elements against
the white walls give off lots of spontaneous
LD: I almost didn’t create that part. It’s like
an improvisation, flying by the seat of your
pants. I asked myself, “Okay, what has to
happen now?” Trying to figure it out was
where that explosion came from. It almost
didn’t get done.
JIA: What do you see as the relationship of
your work to sculpture? Why do you usually
work in wall relief?
LD: My works are indeed sculpture, but
sculptures that evolved from painting. It’s
sculpture that understands two-dimensional composition, but is fully realized in
three dimensions. Pollock was a key influence; he made sense out of chaos. Other
influences would be Richard Serra for understanding how the body accents and affects
scale. I leave no stones unturned, and I use
every material—porcelain, cotton, paper,
wood. Change is a constant. All the works
are merging and progressing. For example,
you can see how Number 8 and Number 14
add up to Number 43.
JIA: What are you doing next?
LD: Going back to China to continue my
work with porcelain. The book is also coming out this year. In the summer of 2018
or 2019, I will be doing a public art piece
for Madison Square Park in New York City.
This will be a monster project in the middle of the park in the middle of the city.
I am thinking that rather than doing the
obvious monumental sculpture, like what
has been done before, I would like the
viewer to be the giant, like a giant looking
down on a city in the grass.
Jane Ingram Allen is an artist, curator,
and art writer who lives in California.
Number 186, 2016. Wood, paint, screws, metal,
and Conté crayon, 180 x 109 x 25 in.