|Location||France / Paris|
|Residency||Cité Internationale des Arts|
|Year of the Grant||2007|
|Work||Once Upon a Time Sung-Chih Chen (solo exhibition)|
|Personal Website||CHEN Sung-Chih's Personal Website|
I often use found objects in my mixed media installations. These pre-existing everyday materials transcend from their raw, cold physicality and develop into something with a strong and complex psyche. Therefore, these works possess a certain touch of warmth and poetry.
My past works were based on the idea of using the language of the material to present sensitive segments often ignored in daily life. These works were mainly spatial installations staged in everyday settings. I incorporated time-sensitive social events to uncover destructive and fractured forces drawn from one’s experiences and subtle recollections. I attempt to locate the remnants of beauty that are camouflaged by the ugliness of human nature and objecthood in mundane everyday life. This beauty may come from broken pieces of natural law, remains of human consumption, or traces of violence. I abstracted fragments from the memories of day-to-day life. Under the push-and-pull of form and meaning, this abstraction reveals the contradicting relationship between individual and the individual’s absurd reality.
As a contemporary international artist, experiences from different times or spaces present the best opportunities for gaining inspiration and knowledge. Encounters and exchanges with unfamiliar people, things, and locations generate ways of thinking that are unlike the past. I have participated in a variety of international exchange projects during the past few years, and the experiences I have had are reflected in my work. My residency with Cité International des Arts changed the way that I perceive art, as well as the way that I perceive the process of creating art. It allowed me to discover the qualitative beauty of materiality and spirituality through the act of daily collection. This experience has opened up my eyes to multifaceted ways of working and will continue to benefit me as an artist.