Sam Yen Gratitude Board – Interview

December 18, 2013

Arts, Breaking News, Visual Art


Interview with Sam Yen:

Is this the first public, interactive art piece the Mary Pratt Gallery has seen? If not, could you list a couple of the previous projects?

~Actually, I am very new to this school. I only came to Langley Fine Arts in Grade 11, but it has been wonderful. I do recall seeing the works of Sooin Cho, an alumni of LFAS. Her works dealt with bystander effects, and it really gets people to think about what they are doing in society to help those who need it. However, it was not installed in Mary Pratt, but rather took place in the streets of Vancouver.

Who/what inspired you to create this? What did you anticipate to happen?

~This project was inspired by an artist called Candy Chang, who did a similar project called, “Before I die…” It was actually Mrs. Preston who suggested I execute this project.

How do you think your piece affected people? Did this project go according to plans?

 ~I hope by introducing this project I can promote a sense of appreciation. But I cannot dictate everyone’s reaction, since they are all different, which is also an interesting aspect as well.

Are you considering creating more pieces like this in the future?

~This project has definitely gone into a very interesting area, and I would be more than happy to make more of these. My next step would be trying to install the board in a more public environment.

Photos and interview by Emily Beattie


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