My hair, My body, My English, Thank you so much.
When digging up clay, inside we find the buried wisdom of our ancestors. This wisdom tells us about the development of the world’s civilizations.
One major aspect of my exhibition is my installation of the sculptures “Hands”. These sculptures were inspired by my body language because we use our hands to express ourselves. I enjoyed writing and drawing texture on these hand sculptures. On the bases of them, I wrote excerpts from my diary. I purposely wrote with Chinese characters, which are difficult for the audience to understand because Chinese is my native language to express my feeling and life. I also layered two characters on top of each other because I didn’t want my audience to read my personal feelings easily. I wanted these Chinese characters to look like memories documented in my life. They appear blurred over time. The writing of Chinese characters records my personal memories, which become like fossilized imprints in the ceramics.
I invited the viewers to read the poses of “Hands”. I put all of the sculptures on top of long rectangular platforms. These poses constituted a sign language of their own. Decoding the sign language of those “Hands” is like learning a new language. For me, they are like gloves and one has to open the zippers to understand the inner meaning.
Calligraphy is a major part of my childhood memory and very important in my life. I lost half of my index finger when I was three. Though it was an accident, it has changed my life. My mother was worried very much about my writing due to my missing finger, so she held my hand to practice Chinese characters before I even started elementary school. She also taught me that practicing calligraphy requires good concentration and patience.
I met a skilled Chinese calligraphy teacher who encouraged me to practice and even enter contests. He also taught me how to appreciate good calligraphy when we visited the exhibitions together. Calligraphy was my first medium for art.
I projected spotlights upon my ceramic pieces in “Hands” to produce shadows that are like drawings. In some shadows, I recorded the installation process of my show in Chinese. The content of my writings are about personal stories and feelings I had during my installation. The drawings from the shadows of “Hands” also added a dynamic aspect to my work.