I feel many people are conscious of gender, race, war, religion, and personal issues in today’s society, and as an artist, it is important to be aware of what is happening in our society, and the current events might inspire some work of art. At the same time, I do not think that contemporary artists always have to follow social issues or any types of norm of subjects. Richard Serra was inspired from his childhood memory of a ship, and Sally Mann was inspired by the nature that surrounds her. These subjects are original to each artist, and I feel they are equally interesting to someone who follows general issues or themes. Ultimately, artists seem to make art according to what is important to themselves.
As a contemporary artist, I like to work with something personal rather than social issues. Appreciation to nature and experiences in life often show up in my work as main subjects.