Using wood as her chosen medium, Ms. Cha constructs seamlessly intricate wooden landscapes through her often wall-mounted sculptures. Sanding and layering hundreds of delicate wood boards, her process is intentionally unintentional; rather than executing a predetermined design, she allows herself to discover images in the fluidity of arranging and rearranging the uniquely hand-shaped blocks. The result is a richly textured three-dimensional canvas upon which light and shadow dance, transforming the once-recognizable wood material into entirely abstracted landscapes reminiscent of wrinkled linen or rippling water.
Peruvian Cultural Heritage: It is incredible to be able to associate yourself with a country, as it strengthens one’s personal identity. My country of origin, Peru, has had a great impact on me, and was catalyst for my sculpture installation series UROS, which was inspired by the Peruvian Uros Islands. The Uru people live on floating islets, which are built using totora reeds, and require to be maintained on a daily basis by hand. Peru still maintains its traditional ways in crafts and handicrafts. Peruvians believe in Pachamama, our Mother Earth, who provides land and our fortune, for which we give thanks. Being Peruvian has taught me how to honor and respect Mother Earth.
Architecture: I come from Turin in Italy, a gem of baroque architecture. European architecture in general is something I feel deeply connected with. In Italy we still have constructions made by the Romans, or even from before the Etruscan War, it's almost crazy to believe they are still there after so long. All over Europe we have wonderful examples of all the stylistic periods after that, from Classicism, to Gothic, to Renaissance, without forgetting Modernism, like the Bauhaus current in Germany, all major sources of inspiration for any kind of artist.
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." - Henry David Thoreau
I've had this posted where I can see it for a long time now, and it's always inspired me. I've always been really into transcendentalism, and a big fan of Thoreau and Emerson in particular. It seems like a simple message, but I think really following it and believing in it everyday is probably one of the most challenging things to do in life. Being a musician is hard and can involve a lot of negativity and discouragement from others (and from yourself), so I think you really need to visualize what you want in life and remember to do what makes you happy. I try to do this everyday, and that's why this quote has continually inspired me.
I’ve always been inspired by people that could live freely and independently by doing what they loved. Especially artists. For me, being an independent artist is the only way of fleeing the system where you don’t need to work for the ideals of someone else. It’s important to be free to create exactly what you have in mind. Philippe Starck ones said ‘’The only style is freedom’’.
Imagination: Even the word itself is inspiring to me. Looking at the world, now, and in history, every creation, every invention, all started from a single idea, sparked by someone’s imagination. Not only does it put me into a creative, inspired headspace, it also gives me a sense of confidence, that all idea’s have significance, no matter how unimportant we think they may be.
The Bowerbird: A big part of my life is differentiating between authentic, personal thought and the ideas that I have unconsciously absorbed from modern society. I'm trying to unlearn the programming and filters that the human adult world has imposed. The bowerbird exemplifies fundamental, natural artistic truths. This bird curates collections of objects, builds a stage, and spends years developing a performance routine. The effort this precious creature puts into attracting a mate is a reminder of the instinctual truth: Beauty for the sake of Beauty, in the name of Love and Connection.