Women in Art 2
Yuan Ru Gallery, Taipei
May 14 - July 10, 2022
Wen-Yue Tao (Curator)

Yuan Ru Gallery in Taipei once curated the "Women in Art" exhibition in 2020, and invited six female artists to participate in the exhibition, which was well received. In fact, compared with male artists, the creations of female artists are obviously different in terms of the content and appearance of their creations, regardless of the level of delicacy in their thinking or their innate differences in physicality. Of course, we Knowing that in traditional society, women do have to work harder than men to become a full-time creator, and it is more difficult, especially when they have the burden of marriage and family, they will face a choice, if they are interested in art Without strong perseverance, tenacity, persistence and enthusiasm, it is difficult to become an artist in the end.

However, we also see many successful cases of women in different careers in the world, such as Zaha Hadid in architecture (1950~2016, the first female architect to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize), Kazuyo Sejima (1956~, a well-known female architect in Japan, won the Pritzker Prize, the highest honor in the architecture industry), and there are many pop stars who sing in the music industry, just to name Mariah Carey (1970~), cloth Britney Spears (1981 ~), Katy Perry (1984 ~)...etc.

In contrast, there are not too many artists who have performed well in the art world, such as the famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (1929~ ), who created a personal "dot" symbol vocabulary, constantly attacking the art and fashion worlds He stood firm and was selected by the American art website My Morden Met as one of the "Top Ten Avant-Garde Artists of the 21st Century". The godmother of contemporary performance art, Marina Abramović (1946~ ), is one of the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Another example is the Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota (1972~), who only held a solo exhibition at the North American Pavilion last year. She belongs to a new generation of famous artists. Her large-scale and complicated installation art has also attracted the attention of the world art circle.

This year, Wanru Gallery’s continuation of the creations of female artists deserves long-term attention and research. As the main thread of the exhibition, it is precisely to emphasize that women can be firm, persistent and carry out full-time artistic creation. 2" as the theme, the plan focuses on graphic creation, and six female artists from Taiwan, including Pan Yu, Zhang Guangqi, Li Yuzhen, Wang Wen, Huang Yingxuan, and Ye Zixin, are invited to participate in the exhibition. Pan Yu has been taking "flowers" as her creative theme in recent years. The proportions of flowers in her paintings are deliberately enlarged, focusing on the delicate depiction of petals, showing microscopic and meticulous changes under visual contrast. She realized to herself, "What will happen to floating life? The roots of each return period." Her mind changes with the environment, and the flowers of tiny natural objects reflect the laws and changes of all things in the universe, with an elegant and timeless rhyme, which is impressive. Zhang Guangqi's painting creation is full of classical atmosphere, and her creation always revolves around the ingenious debate between philosophy and aesthetics. Sometimes in the stippling painting, those inadvertent brushstrokes and colors, at first glance, seem to be inadvertently in a certain place in the painting, not connected to each other, but in the light and shadow contrast she manages, they gradually draw closer. Close to our psyche; at this distance, the painter makes us get closer to her existence bit by bit, and even go into the depths of her heart to watch the dialogue, whether imagery or abstraction, both are not so important, because both It has long been branded in the depths of you and me.

Li Yuzhen's creation uses printmaking as her creative research and observation. Just like the landscape she presents, the printmaking process is very similar to the memory accumulation process. She patiently manages and engraves, and under the overlapping of multiple editions and colors, she re-lays out It belongs to her "inner landscape". These landscapes express their expectations in reality by altering memory and fabricating scenes. On the other hand, they are similar to "recreating landscapes". To some extent, some illusory elements are fermenting, and at the same time, they also respond to the actual changes of natural objects themselves. The transformation of interpretation under time and space strengthens the existence of the subjective "psychological landscape". Wang Wen's paintings are full of rich decorative effects. Perhaps she was inspired by a magical experience about peacocks in the past, and explored the law of life and death. Just like painting creation, through the beautiful external image of the peacock, it is depicted under its gorgeous feathers to explore the essence that originally existed inside. She tries to use objects to describe her "interior view" precipitation. The brushstrokes and colors are composed of dots, lines, and surfaces, and they are regularly arranged into knitted symbols, purely restoring and returning to their own style.

Huang Yingxuan seems to have an inexplicable love for plants, especially those inadvertent flowers and grasses. These seemingly inconspicuous plants are actually full of warm vitality under her organization. Of course, her inspiration comes from deep observation in life, as well as reference to the plant illustrations preserved in the past, including all kinds of medicinal plants, indoor plants, natural plants, and imaginary plant states. These inspirations are collected by her own The transformation of creation is not only the revelation of self-healing, but also the completion and improvement of inner life and emotion. Ye Xin is the youngest creator invited this time, but her works show the weight and precociousness of age. I usually use dark color as the base tone of the picture to highlight the tension effect of the painting. Her portraits are meant to convey a serene power through her depictions of newborn babies, lambs, or chicks, all of which are recorded from her dreams. These dreams are wandering. She uses figurative painting techniques to depict doubts and emotions about the existence of beliefs and life; with chaotic memory appearance, she gradually presents the understanding of life experience and growth in the blur.

Looking back at this time two years ago, the world was severely ravaged by the new crown pneumonia virus, and confirmed disasters were reported everywhere. At that time, the record was that there were more than 7 million patients, and the current epidemic has not stopped. According to statistics At present, more than 500 million people have been diagnosed in the world, and the number is still increasing. This is an extremely exaggerated number, which has caused all countries' economies to suffer hardships and setbacks. Although the severity of the disease is true, art is spiritual The food in the field also has a healing function. Although it cannot be used as a special medicine to cure the virus, it can be used to soothe the world of extreme scarcity and fear at the moment. It is hoped that the epidemic will slow down and be eliminated in the future, and return to a pure world soon. The art creation joint exhibition of these six female artists can also be regarded as the voice of adhering to the spirit and path of art creation. Congratulations to them for their successful exhibition!
Exhibition Photos
Yu Pan
Kuang-Chi Chang
Yu-Chen Li
Wen Wang
Ying-Syuan Huang
Tzu-Hsin Yeh