The Texture of HomeI家的肌理

This project is part of “Incurable Nostalgia” solo exhibition created during the artist residency at the 18th Street Art Center 此計畫是於18街藝術中心駐村期間完成,並為「不癒之境」個展的一部分

“Termites have made the world by unmaking parts of it. They are the architects of negative space. The engineers of not.”
「白蟻透過拆解而建造。它們是的負空間裡的建築師。為不存在而存在的工程師。」
(Lisa Margonelli, Underbug, 2018)

 

While the artist’s family was moving out of her childhood home in Taiwan, she found a huge termite nest in the cabinet where she had stored letters, cards, and diaries since she was a child. The termites had spent several years digesting those words and memories, transforming them into passageways, tunnels, and cells – thus creating the texture of their home.

A few months later, when the artist returned to the empty house, she found the delicate teardrop-shaped wings scattered around the corners. Within the patterns of those translucent wings, seemed to be written the stories that once happened in this house, and on them carried the memories through their life cycles.

“The Texture of Home” drawing series utilized the images of the termite nest as well as the collected wings as the main subject. The artist also added a hang-written Medicine Buddha Sutra layer intended to overcome the inner sickness of attachment and wish all the suffering from the illness and pain to disappear.

More about 「Incurable Nostalgia」

在台灣老家搬家的過程中,在從小珍藏信件、卡片、和日記的櫃子裡,發現了一顆偌大的白蟻窩。白蟻花了幾年的時間,啃食紙本裡的字句,消化後築成了通道、穴室、和巢壁,把我過往的回憶轉換成了另一種形式而存在。數個月後再次回到空蕩老家,發現四散在角落裡似淚滴狀的蟻翅,是白蟻還在這間房子裡持續繁衍的證據,透光看著翅膀裡的細微紋路,彷彿可以讀出一些曾經在這棟房子裡存在過的故事。

《家的肌理》系列是以櫃子裡的白蟻窩、和撿拾的蟻翅為繪畫的主體,並利用透明製圖膠片的特性,透出底層手抄寫藥師經裡的「藥師咒」章節,希望被啃食消失的文字、建築結構,以及因病去世的家人們,病苦皆除,受安隱樂。

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WORK INFO

  • Title: The Texture of Home_nest
  • Medium: Ink on drafting film
  • Dimensions: 13x3 ft
  • Year: 2020-2021
  • Title: The Texture of Home_wings
  • Medium: Ink on drafting film
  • Dimensions: 13x3 ft
  • Year: 2020-2021

作品說明

  • 名稱:家的肌理_蟻窩
  • 材質:透明製圖膠片、永久性墨水
  • 尺寸:396x91 公分 (13x3 英尺)
  • 年份:2020-2021
  • 名稱:家的肌理_蟻翅
  • 材質:透明製圖膠片、永久性墨水
  • 尺寸:396x91 公分 (13x3 英尺)
  • 年份:2020-2021

Speical Thanks

  • "The Texture of Home" is part of “Incurable Nostalgia” solo exhibition generously supported by Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, and 18th Street Art Center.「不癒之境」感謝文化部、洛杉磯台灣書院、以及18街藝術中心的支持與贊助