“HI, hi, hi” is my response to Diane di Prima’s poem. “HI, hi, hi” is the message delivered by life to a boy on his bike, just beginning life’s journey. My art, like poetry, celebrates life in the sudden ash of the essential. When colors, gesture, details, emotions are crystalized into a new experience. The poetry of San Francisco is sung in every face, every language, of locals, immigrants, visitors. I have been interpreting this poetry, sketching, painting, exploring San Francisco through my art since I first arrived here from my native Taiwan ten years ago. I will share my unique view of San Francisco, with all of its diverse people and scenery, joys and challenges, so that one can “see and feel” the selected poems regardless of one’s language or cultural background. As a recently naturalized U.S. citizen, I know how it feels to live in two worlds. I will bring this sensibility to “Art of Poetry.” I will bring together the worlds of word and sight. Just as all of us, each day, are brought together on Muni.
Tsungwei Moo was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She received her degree in Mass Communication from Tankage University, earning one of three top honors in all of Taiwan. She was formerly employed as an Art Director at Advertising Agencies in Taipei.
Upon emigrating to San Francisco, Tsungwei, a lifelong artist, decided to dedicated herself to art. She has produced a significant body of work in many mediums including ceramics and printmaking, as well as painting. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums throughout the Bay Area. She is also an artist in residence at Yosemite National Park, where she teaches pastel drawing. Her work reveals her direct observation of life, formed and informed by her hard earned technical virtuosity, her professional background, her many travels around the world, and her passion for the shared experience of humanity.