Solo Exhibition: Embroidered Emotions Project, Absence Theater, Taipei, Taiwan
Embroidered Emotions Project
The Embroidered Emotions Project is an on-going project that began at the beginning of 2020. It discover how the structure of “words” and “language” can transform when the shape of them is being used as an abstract visual material. This work explores the relationship between verbal thinking and visual thinking and the possible clashing of the two. The goals are to keep investigating the content of language and visuals with various possibilities of subject matters and to explore the performativity of this concept through the different stages of development.
This project started with the title of another project
"I want to grow flowers on your wounds". The change of direction started with the realization of the title being powerful enough to be the work itself. As a bilingual person living in the United States and working with a second language, the artist is constantly experiencing two languages, the visuals linked with the languages, and the cultural difference behind the languages constantly switching and translating between one another in her brain every second. The anxious feeling of having different communication forms running in her head at high-speed all at the same time makes her want to focus on the essence and true nature of language and communication. With the time-intensive labor nature of embroidery, the artist not only trying to slow things down,but also, she is trying to ruminate the importance of words. The artist aim to use the energy from the abstract visual dimension to grasp the words and stop them from elapsing with time. While contemplating on the essence of language, the artist is also trying to detach the language and explore and reach the essence of communication.
After the artist started to develop the work, she discovered more interesting concepts from using words as material for abstract visuals. Before language was invented by humans, images and symbols were the way of communication. Since hieroglyph was a language that was transformed from images, the artist realized her decision of using the line of words to make abstract images, might be a way to push language further into visuals. Mankind developed image to language. Even though the ways of communication continue to get more complicated and accurate, they still have so many miscommunications when using languages. The fact that definition of abstraction is: a conceptual process where general rules and concepts are derived from the usage and classification of specific examples, literal signifiers, first principles, or other methods. Since abstracting is the process of extracting true meaning from literal things, it might be representing a most honest and direct way of communication.
《刺字計劃》源起於創作者鄒宗芮另一件作品的標題。意識到作品標題比作品本身更加具有能量，甚至那句話本身就可以成為一個作品。I Want to Grow Flowers on Your Wounds這個標題的力道，啟發創作者將文字本身的藝術性與直接將文字當作創作素材的可能。在完成 ”I Want to Grow Flowers on Your Wounds” 和“我知道我有一個可貴的靈魂只是我有時無法把她招喚出來” 第一幅英文和第一幅中文刺繡作品後，創作者將其概念延伸成為《刺字計畫Embroidered Emotions Project》，持續刺繡文字於布料上。