Firman Djamil – Indonesia
Firman lives in Yogyakarta, a city of about 500,000 people on the island of Java, one of the largest and most populated islands of Indonesia. This city is famous for arts and culture of Java such as batik, puppets and gamelon music and is also home to one of the most important universities. Firman is now studying for a post-graduate degree in art at the Indonesia Institute of the Arts. Firman creates large sculpture installations that show his concerns about the environment. He was invited to participate in the Guandu International Outdoor Sculpture Festival in Taipei at Guandu Nature Park, Taipei, in 2008. He was also selected to participate in the nature art biennale exhibition in Korea in 2004 and 2006. He has been an artist in residence in the Netherlands in 2009 and has also done art projects in Turkey, Japan and Australia. He is looking forward to working in Cheng Long to make his proposed “Cheng Long Spiral.” His sculpture installation will be in the shape of a large spiral going from the land out into the water and constructed of bamboo and other natural materials. Children from Cheng Long Elementary School in grades 1 and 2 will work with Firman and help to make many fish of bamboo and oyster shells to hang on the large spiral structure. Firman’s work will have growing plants on it, and also the underwater parts will provide habitat for fish and other wildlife. This will be his second visit to Taiwan, and he is looking forward to experiencing life in a small southern village like Cheng Long.
Firman Djamil – 印尼
Karen Macher Nesta – Peru
Karen is living in Lima, the capital and largest city of Peru (about 9 million people). Peru, the land of llamas and the ancient Inca civilization, is located on the central western side of South America with its western shores on the Pacific Ocean and eastern part in the Andes Mountains. Karen also has Italian citizenship, but she cannot speak Italian. She speaks Spanish, French, German,as well as English. She is now a professor of drawing and sculpture in Lima, and she has also worked as a professional designer as well as an art teacher for children in Spain and Peru. Karen has a Masters degree in art production from the Technical University of Valencia, Spain, and she has participated in international art and nature exhibitions in Korea in 2010, in Canada, Mexico and Germany in 2008, in Belgium in 2007, and in Bolivia in 2006. Her artwork for Cheng Long is a “floating garden,” and she will work with children in the 5th grade class at Cheng Long Elementary School to weave the structure of bamboo and reeds and incorporate living plants on the arrangement of floating bamboo platforms. She hopes to learn from local people about the ways they work with bamboo and about the native wetlands plants of Taiwan. This will be Karen’s first visit to Taiwan.
Karen Macher Nesta – 秘魯
Rumen Dimitrov – Bulgaria
Rumen’s city is Veliko Tarnovo (population about 70,000 people) in the north central part of Bulgaria in South-Eastern Europe. It is known as the “city of the tsars” and has a long and rich history with many castles, churches and monuments. It was a major city in the Bulgarian Empire, then was part of the Ottaman Empire, later ruled by the Soviet Union and now is an independent democratic country and member of the European Union. Rumen has a Master of Arts degree from the Veliko Tarnovo University and was selected as a member of the Bulgarian Union of Artists in 2000. He has participated as an invited artist in many international sculpture exhibitions in countries such as Korea, Germany, Israel, Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Spain, and Sweden. This will be Rumen’s first visit to Taiwan, and he is looking forward to working with the children and volunteers in Cheng Long to make his proposed installation “Flying Boats.” Rumen will work with the 6th grade students at Cheng Long Elementary and plans to make about 5 boat shapes of bamboo that will be raised above the water. The “boats” may be used by birds for resting and nesting and also will have some living plants growing in them.
Rumen Dimitrov – 保加利亞
Hsinyu Huang – Hsinchu,Taiwan
Hsin-yu lives in Hsinchu, a city on the northwest coast of Taiwan that has a population of about 420,000 people and is the center of Taiwan’s high technology industry. She has a degree in art education from National Hsinchu University of Education and a Master of Fine Arts degree from National Taiwan University of Arts. She has been selected for artist in residency awards at the Watermill Center in New York and the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, USA as well as at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei. She has also received grant awards from the Taiwan National Culture and Art Foundation. In Cheng Long Hsin-yu will work with the students in the 3rd grade class at Cheng Long Elementary school to create her installation composed of many large nest-like shapes woven of bamboo and reeds. The children will help to gather materials and learn to weave small bamboo nests as well as help the artist with her installation. Hsin-yu is looking forward to learning about the local culture and working with children and the community to make her installation of many nests that will be placed on bamboo poles in the wetlands.
黃馨鈺 — 台灣 . 新竹
Julie Chou – Taipei, Taiwan
Julie was born in Taipei and continues to be based in Taipei, the capital and largest city of Taiwan (over 6 million people) located in the north central part of the island. Julie has been awarded artist in residency grants to work in Australia and Japan as well as at Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan. She is now completing a residency project at Treasure Hill in Taipei where she has worked with community residents and volunteers to create a large organic garden installation in the public space of the Treasure Hill community. Julie has received awards for her artwork from Taiwan’s Council for Cultural Affairs, Asialink and Taishin Bank in Taiwan. Julie has also participated as an invited artist in several environmental art projects such as “Art as Environment – a cultural action on the Tropic of Cancer in Chiayi, Taiwan” in 2007. For her Cheng Long installation titled “Returning to the Sea” Julie will work with the 4th grade students at Cheng Long Elementary School. The children will help Julie to construct several starfish shapes of bamboo and other natural materials. Julie also plans to string oyster shells on the sculptural forms and include some living plants on the structures. Julie is looking forward to working with the local community and children and learning about life in a small rural fishing village like Cheng Long.
周靈芝— 台灣 . 台北