The topic for this thesis is how Taiwanese and Western cultures have influenced me both as an artist and an individual. In my thesis, I paint Taiwanese floral patterns. Along with a number of paintings and prints, the most complex work involves painting on a piano. The watercolor paintings are in grid format to demonstrate the concept of pattern, and the piano has a single large peony on top and other decorations on the sides. My research focuses upon the art of Taiwanese culture. I choose Taiwanese floral patterns as my subject matter because of their variety of elements, and those elements, in fact, refer to the cultures that have influenced Taiwan throughout history. Combining a Western instrument with a Taiwanese pattern also demonstrates how Western culture has influenced Taiwan. My thesis project represents traditional floral patterns through my own interpretation and presents them in a contemporary way.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Painting--Themes, motives; Painting--Technique; National characteristics, Taiwan--Pictorial works; Floral decorations; Musical instruments in art
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Chen, Wen-Hua, "My art, my world, my piano" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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