ling-wen tsai painting

53 Paris, installation view (July 1-August 22, 2003), acrylic on paper, 7.5"x7.5" each, 2003-2004

In the summer of 2003, I was an artist in residency at Cité International des Art, Paris, France. The body of work, 53 Paris, was my "diary," from the first to the last day of the 53-day residency. Each day, I started with a blank 7.5"x7.5" white surface and translated my experiences and observations throughout Paris with colors, lines, and patterns. My attempt was to capture and preserve the essence of personal yet universal moments.

53 Paris consists of 52 works on paper and one hand-written note in Chinese, which was left by a thief, to replace a stolen painting that was part of the original series. The thief's note functions as a "memorial" of the stolen work and a reminder of that incident. The collection is displayed on a wall in two large groups following the format of two one-month calendars. While I find myself "reading" my "diary" and revisiting those moments through the work, my hope is to take viewers back into their own memories and lead them into new undiscovered places.