Meng-shu You ,born in 1979 in Yilan, Taiwan, used to live and work in Australia, United States and China, had set up her studio in 2014 in Yilan, Taiwan. Meng-shu had participated the exhibitions of Jakarta Biennale, The Australian Ceramics Triennale, Korea Ceramic Biennale, NCECA in the US., and Formosa Sculpture Biennale. Her works have been public collected by Art Bank Taiwan and Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum.
張璧蘭 BI-LAN CHANG
The Barren Land is a series I have been working on since 2018. I extracted partial images of human bodies, paired them with plants such as roadside weeds and ornamental flowers. I then covered the bodies with decorative tile textures that transformed them into objects, pots, planters, and such. The bodies have become neutral items.
The name The Barren Land came from a concept. In John Berger’s work, Ways of Seeing, he mentioned: “Hair is associated with sexual power. With passion.” Women are portrayed as hairless in art pieces because they must be stripped of any desire - the desire that only belongs to others. I found it interesting and prominent but barely been discussed. Thus, hair is shown on the bodies I present in my works. I hope the viewers would be able to recognize the body parts, be inspired in their own way, and generate different opinions.
In addition to the series of The Barren Land, I also combined human bodies with landscapes, portraying the combination of the natural and the unnatural, and the combination of sensibility and the attempt to be neutral and objective.
柯偉國 WEI-KUO KE