In my exhibition, I have arranged the display based on two general categories of my pieces: The society and I. My idea is that the society is made of numerous individuals, and every individual has different characteristics that makes up a varied society. In other words, I would like to communicate the idea of “us in the world yet world is made up by us” to the audience by displaying my art pieces on two opposite walls, and thus inviting the audience to consider the connection between us as an individual and the world, and how we influence and what we contribute to the society.
On “The Society” side, I am including these pieces: Barcode: Freedom, Barcode 2.o, Gone birds, I see, The Dolphin, and Biking. Each of these pieces addresses one social issues that has negative impact on the present society. For example, slavery in modern societies (Barcode: Freedom), animal habitats loss (Gone Birds), excessive slaughter of oceanic organisms (The Dolphin), air pollution (Biking). All of these social issues have existed in the society for a long time. Even though governments and some people are working on them, there are still groups of people who are not aware or do not care about these problems. I would like to uses my pieces and contrast to the “I” side to illustrate the close connection between every individual and the society.
On the “I” side, I am including the following pieces: Silent, Small City and Big Story, The Ordinary, Nonsense, and Balloons. Every one of these pieces contain my personal memories, experiences, and my personality. These pieces are chosen not only because they are connected closely by the main idea, but also because they better present a wide use of materials including not only traditional art materials but a variety of found objects. To deliver my message precisely, I chose materials that most represent the concept in each piece. I want the audience to feel the theme of my work not just by looking at the piece as a whole, but also through looking at every small part of it, and experience the deepest idea I wish to tell them. For instance, I used found objects that I collected from daily life to make The Dolphin. The initial intention I had was that I wanted to use materials that were usually wasted by people to make something that would catch their eyes in a different way, and to prove that everything has value in art. I left all the materials in the dolphin uncoloured, thus I could use the original colours of those materials to show the essential beauty of them which ties even closer to my intention.
The artist that has influenced me the most is Ha Schult. Schult has deliberately used of recycled objects to make art pieces, and I got numerous inspirations from his pieces. For example, Trash People by Ha Schult, is the inspiration for The Dolphin sculpture. Both of us used found objects to form a realistic yet abstract model: audiences can tell what they are, but they do not look exactly like the real people or dolphin. Moreover, his arrangement of those objects are so delicate that even though every object has a rough edges, they still fits well with each other.
Last but not least, in this exhibition, I would like to invite audiences to think about my intention together. By looking at the personal experience side, I hope audiences’ own memories of their personal experiences will be recalled. Then take these memories with them to look at the society side, and to see how they feel and recognize their own values with the society. I will also place I See between two sides, since this piece contains two pieces of mirrors, I hope when audiences look at I See, they can stare at their reflections in the mirror and start to think about: Have I ever put any effort on reducing this kind of issue? Have I ever done something to make that issue worse? And if yes how can I remedy my mistake?