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Date of birth 17.Oct.80
Place of birth Taipei, Taiwan
Country of residence United Kingdom
There are certain elements that are of crucial concern in my work: such as beauty and grotesque, attraction and repulsion, normality and abnormality, familiarity and unfamiliarity. Although these opposites are associated with ambivalence and conflict, what interests me is the inseparable opposite that coexists with and lies behind what appears to be the dominant quality.
The subject matter of my work usually involves figures and organic forms with regard to the properties of bodies. The biology of animals and plants has always been a reference in my work. The apparently imaginary creatures that I created attempt to address the possibility and potential in reality, which is integrated and inseparable from the imagination. The context of my work is significant as the work develops. The correspondence and co-dependency of the two are the bridge for the imaginary and the real. The use of the physicality of the material/space is a mean of creating a physical presence of the intangible and the imaginary. To some extend, the context of each work generates each particular piece. By way of illustration, like an organism grows from particular environment. This uncertainty of “becoming” which is concerned within my work relates to the opposite elements of spontaneity and cultivation (intervention) in the development of an organism.
Moreover, regardless Darwinism of natural evolution or the progress of contemporary technology, the distinction of what we (used to) believe to be the “truth” is ambiguous. The potential of undiscovered animals, plants, or even diseases and disorders has always been confirmed by the unpredictability of life. The progress of technology, particularly biological technology, the growth of human tissues, organs from stem cells to vitro fertilization and cloning, has kept creating new configurations that force us to accept the new notion of “truth”. The way we perceived “truth” has changed, the distinction between natural and artificial is obscure. What I am interested in this issue is the concept of any form of existence that an organism can convert into or appear is no longer limited. Creatures were once generated in the ancient mythology and science fiction, are now blurred in the boundary between reality and imaginary.
|Exhibitions '00 Nature Part 1, 10.Apr - 15.May.08, Contemporary Art Projects|