I am happy to announce that artist and curator Isabelle Garbani, originally from France and now living in New York City, will be the new Assistant Curator for the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project. As all of you know I started this environmental art project in the village of Cheng Long, Yunlin County, in 2010, and have worked with the Kuan Shu Educational Foundation and the people of Cheng Long area for 6 years organizing and curating this project. Now, I am thinking that the art project in Cheng Long needs some fresh curatorial ideas and energy, and I believe that Isabelle will bring her own unique curatorial vision and ideas to this continuing art project.
I selected Isabelle as one of the Cheng Long artists in 2012, and many will remember her installation of hundreds of colorful leaves crocheted from recycled plastic bags that seemed to be engulfing an old house in Cheng Long village. Since then Isabelle has continued to do other residency projects and curate art projects in the New York area. She has even begun taking classes in Mandarin Chinese language so that she can communicate better with people in Taiwan. Isabelle has been working with me behind the scenes for the past few months to learn more about the curating process and providing input about the proposals and helping to research about the artists who have applied for the 2015 art project.
During the residency time in Taiwan this year from April 9 to May 4, Isabelle will join us in Cheng Long and continue to help with the curating and management of this art project. I am sure she will be a big help and a joy to work with, and so please join me in welcoming Isabelle back to Cheng Long.
Thank you so much, and see you soon in Cheng Long,
Jane Ingram Allen, Curator
BIO of Isabelle Garbani:
After working for 7 years as a commercial digital artist, Isabelle returned to graduate school where she received an MFA in sculpture from the New York Academy of Art in 2004. She now works in mixed media, using feminine crafts such as knitting, crochet and lace with recycled plastic shopping bags used as thread.
She has worked on many public art projects which engage the community directly. Among her installations are Knit for Tree in Governors Island in New York City in 2011, Knit for Trees in Heckscher Park in Huntington, Long Island in 2012, Forces of Nature at the Carving and Sculpture Center in Vermont in 2011, and Invasive Species for the Cheng-Long International Environmental Art Project in Taiwan in 2012, and for the 2014 Farm/Art Dtour in Reedsburg, WI. She is currently working on Post War Blues, which will be installed at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Brooklyn, NY in the fall of 2015.
In the past 5 years, she has started curating gallery shows in the New York City area, and is becoming more involved with this aspect of her career. The Cheng Long residency is a perfect mix of her current interests: environmental concerns, community engagement in public art, and international cultural exchange. Her work can be seen on her website atwww.IsabelleGarbani.com. You can also email her about her past experiences in Cheng-Long at firstname.lastname@example.org