布輪、藍染、鏽染、鹽 cotton cloth, indigo dyeing, rust dyeing, salt
Since 2013 I have been using cloth wheels in my works with indigo dye. As the wheels are unstitched in different ways and dyed multiple times, gradation of indigo blue is manifested. A dialogue takes place between these industrial consumables and the revived traditions associated with a natural material; it reveals of the two-faced character of contemporary Taiwan.
Last summer in the South Pacific Islands, my brother left us forever. On the map I try to find these distant islands, looking for their contours. The ocean is beautiful and placid, the tidal zones lush with life. In the midst of it all, however, I feel the taste of hidden dangers and tears.
With either side of the cloth wheels turned up in various configurations, “Swirl” represents a group of islands from a bird’s eye view: There are the soft folds of waves and the undulations of jagged reefs.
Tidal waves sweep in the salt of life, at once bitter and sweet. That is the secret of the Garden of Eden.