Welcome to the visual journal of The Interpreter Project, an artist blog that will document the journey through the year-long artist residency at Richmond Nature Park. From research to production, from workshops to installation, the blog will provide you with a peak at the behind the scenes process of the artist. As I discover, you will discover and as I get inspired, hopefully it will inspire you as well.
The residency is made possible by the City of Richmond and in collaborations with the Richmond Nature Park Society. Through artist research and a series of proposed workshops, we will create with the community an interactive installation, a legacy artwork and most importantly, precious memories that will stir up our connections to our identity, society, and the environment we reside in.
The word “interpret” has a special place in my heart. As an immigrant to this country, like many who lives and works in the city, I often have to find my own meanings to many of the languages and cultures I encounter. I enjoy Cambridge Dictionary’s interpretation on the word which is to decide what the intended meaning of something is or to express your own ideas about the intended meaning of something. As well as the more laid back, to bring out the meaning of…from Dictionary.com. They all capture my inspiration, for myself and to the community who will take part in this project, of putting our own interpretations, expressions or imprints of our identity on the vast knowledge contained in Richmond Nature Park. I believe there is power in producing personal meanings that can connect, in a real way, the concepts of environment, society and identity.
And with that, I will leave you with a selfie of the camera shy me strolling through the currently frozen park. As the weather changes and as I conduct my research phase, I am excited to see how the project will blossom and bear fruit in the community.