Ｗhen we start to get lost- Huang Shao-Ying solo exhibition
開幕 OPENING 7.18(SAT) 19:00
From my observations of contemporary society, I have come to the conclusion that an individual body serves as a microcosm for an era. I believe that “lost” is an abstract emotion common throughout all generations. Drawing on my own condition, I project the phenomenon of this new era – the “Lost Generation”, also known as the missing or vanished generation. When lost is regarded as an abstract state, I believe that its formative elements become extremely immense and complicated. This confusion spurred by existential doubts has become a sense of uncertainty over self-identity, distorted social values, and an anxiety that stretches across generations. Even the existence of individuals must rely on recognized standards set by others through political means. The phenomenon obtained through observation indicates that human behavior towards life forms highlights the phenomenon of being lost in this era. Thus, introspection is conducted through the manifestations of these different layers: What causes a sense of confusion to develop? More so, what shape would social confusion take? Finally, with artistic creation as a conversion of media, the existential phenomenon and possible shape of physical confusion is presented through the contemporary environment and the state of individual confusion.
作品 Art Works
Group of Bodies; Cotton meat bags, iron, mixed media; in accordance with spatial dimensions
Due to my family background, I often saw hundreds of sheep hanging from the butcher’s rack as a child. That helpless sense of suspension made me think of the feeling of powerlessness that accompanies the state of being lost. Thus, I have decided to use that scene to interpret the phenomenon I want to express. The bodies here are in the shape of an organism's body. If we look at each cotton bag individually, we will discover that each bag is actually different. However, when they are situated in a state of identical seating, the individual differences will gradually fade away in such a scenario. Each body is different. But, after an individual is put into a group, it becomes immersed in a state that is unable to be recognized individually. After carefully watching groups that comprise this society, I came up with a hypothesis: is the fading of this individuality one of the reasons that we become so easily lost? These organic forms weaken the existing physical appearance, forming only a body of volume in the end, much like the individuals that exist in social groups.
Both the Bear Claw and Myself are What I Want; Leather grass, iron, mixed media
After watching news about bear hunting, I discovered that by watching the way that humans treat animals, that when life becomes a target, the relationship between humans and life becomes based on a shared interest to some extent. Your body has what I want, so that is why I want you. In the process of being dominated, a body loses its sense of self. Thus, I have deconstructed the body into a piece of unidentified flesh. There are no bear claws, limbs, ears or a face. With fur as the last clue for identifying flesh, I attempted to craft a body withiin a realistic environment.
Catastrophic Growth; Chicken feathers, Iron, Mixed media
The growth of a human returns to a sense of self-confusion. Through observation, I transformed feelings into the shape of an organic life form. The inspiration behind this piece comes from my experiences watching chickens grow. In that group of mechanized farming, the chicken cage designs, feed components, feeding times, perfect temperature control, and other such elements manifested the growth of an invisible sense of individual violence. Under such circumstances, the growth process is much like the growth of an individual that is stuck in the cage of social group expectations. You must conceive your own expectations about your own trends. Yet, that kind of expectation suppresses your original appearance. In a seemingly free yet actually trapped growth environment, these kind of individuals ultimately lose the appearance that they should have had. Thus, I came up with a hypothesis on why this led to self-generated confusion.