- Name： Tsai Shih-Hung
- Residency： 18th Street Art Complex
- Country： USA
- City： Los Angeles
- Residency Period： 2014/07~2014/10
- Disciplines and media： Visual Art
- Works in residency： Leave & Live
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TSAI Shih Hung graduated from the Taipei National University of the Arts. In 2014, the Ministry of Culture chose Tsai to a three-month residence program at 18th Street Arts Center in Los Angeles. Lin also received subsidy from Taiwan Academy to hold an exhibition at 18th Street Arts Center.
Thoughts on Residency Program:
Stimulated by the foreign culture of the U.S., I discovered another creative possibility. The U.S. is a large country, whereas Taiwan is a small, densely populated island. It seems destined that their artworks naturally emphasize on grandeur instead of details. The scales of the works are monumental, and this shows me the difference between a large country and an island country. This is the challenge we must overcome.
The works I created in Los Angeles are like Medusa’s gazes that present how Taiwan, an island country surrounded by powerful nations and oceans, struggles for survival; or, how Taiwan abnormally sees the real weaknesses of the powerful countries as it is turned into stone. So I began drawing an island, and this island is my home. The island is left in a vain space, and only one person lives on this island. This person represents me. This person may also be just a Taiwanese person, who is trapped on the island. He is headless, and of course he is brainless, and is incapable of thinking. However, this person has one extra hand, so most of the time he plays games with himself, meaningless games that help to kill time. I have always been passively rebellious against the digital age, so this time I adopted the traditional fabric dyeing technique from Sanxia to convert the digital temporality into symbols that infiltrate our lives, becoming my canvas. This contrast is a bit sarcastic, and maybe some day in the future, all our clothes can be digitally represented. I also want to present the connection between Los Angeles and lost angels, as I felt like a lost angel when I arrived here. Angels are beautiful, but there are no angels in real life; even when I feel like an angel, this angel does not fly, and has fallen eternally. So in the painting, only one angel has a cable, and all the other angels are pseudo-flying. The series of works also feature my old styles, constantly constructing a type of narrative ruins, or depicting how people abandoned beyond the boundaries of the world live passively yet remain hopeful.
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