Lap-Yan Benjamin Hao comes to our program from Hong Kong, and you can learn more about his work on his website

What are you working on in your studio practice this month? I’m developing a public site as a nomadic studio, creating a social intervention. I’m using drafting, woodworking and paper making in this public space.

How does the Nomad/9 curriculum challenge you and support you? I find it abundantly interesting, with inspiring reading materials and pedagogy. It has forced me to question the norm, and is allowing me to flourish.

What has been the most transformative experience, interaction, or realization while on residency? I love the hands on experience and experiential learning. I have also enjoyed the many approaches to teaching and learning.

Please share a story that reflects a surprising or interesting aspect of the Nomad/9 community. We each bring our diverse cultural backgrounds and diverse art practice, diverse personalities and diverse life stages — yet we care about each other. There is so much respect and everyone has a big heart. I believe that the way to pursue regenerative culture.

What have been your favorite classes so far, and why? Green woodworking with Colin McMullan and experience at Linda Weintraub’s homestead. They have introduced me to a way of working with simple tools and making work in a sustainable way. I learned how to orient myself as an artist in the environment and world.

Most of the discussion and critique sections (both online and physical), have stimulated me intellectually and brought me to a deeper understanding of myself and others, as well as how art relates to society and the world. Art and Place, Reconsidered classes are great too, because they allow us to experience how art is strongly attached to the culture of each site. We examine how varied and interconnected art and humanity can be.