color - space – movement
As a visual artist, I mainly work with the media of painting and photography.
Whereby one medium influences and builds up the other over and over again.
Center of my work is the human body, even if it is not always visible in my pictures.
The body is naturally in motion, in art movement is dance. The moving body needs space, space is architecture. Movement and space are the main topics in my art.
Visual art refers to seeing. But we do not know exactly how differently the visible is perceived by each of us. It is fascinating to train the brain to refine the perception.
But we are individuals and individuality is important to me.
My personal obsession is color. We only have a few words for colors, but what we can see is much richer. For the visual language is an enrichment, not the starting point.
I observe the movement and feel the room.
Sugar and Salt
My art work about the issue of cities is influenced by:
Richard Sennett – e.g. The Conscience of the Eye: The design and social life of cities
Jane Jacobs - The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Italo Calvino - Le città invisibili / Invisible Cities
The theory of the dérive by the Situationist International
My continuous project is to 'conquer' a city by strolling through the streets, observing carefully. Walking and taking photos become a flow like a river, that draws me into the streets.
Architecturally, I'm attracted to the disordered nature of the buildings in Tainan. There is coincidence and planning at the same time. I like the places where no space seems to be unused, and where buildings merge without disrupting the old structure.
I am particularly fascinated by the narrow little tiles on the facades, glittering in the sunlight. These houses from the 1960s are functionally well thought out and play with colors and shapes. The facades are skillfully designed and quite matter of fact. The architects oriented themselves on the idea of the German Bauhaus and what they saw during their visits to other countries. The tile facades they developed, became a unique Taiwanese style.
Enthusiasm for the idea of modernity can be seen well in this architecture. This is far less the case with most buildings that were built afterwards or built today. Maybe ever where in the world? How often there is no spirit of progress or respect of knowledge of the past.
I grew up in a house from the 1960s which I still live in. Though built in a completely different style. Architecture of this era has influenced my artistic work in many ways.
Ceramics have interested me for a long time, so it is no coincidence that I came across this topic here and that I have dealt with it intensively.
My photographic work is about the concept of beauty. The confrontation with the concept and the value of beauty let us learn about oneself and society.
All photos are taken in Jiali. I do not indicate where, because every street has its beauty.
One just has to pay attention.
Many thanks to HOU, CHENG-YU and YU, TZU-HSUAN from Architectural Heritage Vault.