吳孟真 Wu Mong-jane
Born in Taipei, Mong-jane Wu studied sociology and architectural history before she completed her MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2012. Her work explores ideas of form and formalities, as well as those of cultural and artistic conventions. She incorporates photography, installation, and performance in her practice. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2010) and the New England Photography Biennial (2013). Recent exhibits include: Pseudo/Mixed Light (Taipei, 2015) and Snap Taking and Slow Thinking: Social Spectrum in the Age of Staged Photography (Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, 2016).
Sol is an outdoor installation that is a response to the quality of sunlight during the summer months in southern Taiwan. The images on the canvases accentuate a common predicament of photographing under bright light—the camera only captures parts of the subject that is being photographed. Similarly, the brightness often prevents the human eye to fully perceive its surroundings. The form of the installation draws inspiration from the open and yet concealed landscapes of rural Tainan. On site, the sunlight interacts with the installation and reveals the images on the canvases to different degrees.
Just before harvest season, on the streets along privately owned orchards in Madou, Tainan, one sees fruits hanging over fences and walls that mark the border between private and public territories. According to the law, the fruits are private property so long as they remain on the trees. In Boundaries, the artist performs an intervention on images that depict “trespassing fruits” and creates a diptych that mingles physical boundaries with boundaries of the photographic medium.