劉岩 X 蔣靜華
Thoughts and Emotions - a Multimedia Dual Art Exhibition
LIU Yan X Catherine, CHEONG Cheng Wa
The Chinese thematic title of this exhibition is “思緒” (Thoughts and Emotions). In bronze script, the upper part of "思" is “囟” (today’s “田” – field), which refers to fontanelle, and its lower part is a "心" (mind or heart). When we say somebody is "emotional" or “moody”, we mean that he/she does not use the brain to think rationally, but being too mind/heart-focused and sentimental – thus would follow his/her heart to do what he/she merely wants to. Nevertheless, eventually one should put heart and soul into things one desires to do. In this exhibition, the two artists use different media to express their deeper inner personal emotions and thoughts about the world, as well as social limitations and bodily changes. In a mixed use of multimedia such as video, printmaking, photography and installations, they present an exhibition focusing on spatial concepts.
Liu Yan's video works 249 and 155, involving daily small movements/gestures such as scratching paper and plucking eyebrows, show simple, straightforward images with self-repeating movements and numbers of the repetitions counted, but are quite heart-rending, for it will be emotionally disturbing if an absolutely simple movement is generated by someone who is fully concentrated and serious and repeats it unlimitedly – just as Liu says in the Work Intro, "These films may cause strong emotional reaction among viewers, such as anxiety, suspicion, confusion, hope, feeling of loss and sorrow – all these sorts of emotions and sentiments."
Another work, Knitting, illustrates a heavier consciousness. Here Liu takes up two roles, one to tie the knot and the other to untie, and it seems the knot can never be untied. It is like a Sisyphean task in an endless repetition. But is it not true that our life is also a never-ending useless task?
The Unbearable Lightness of Being uses light feathers to symbolize the triviality of life. However, after gradually accumulating it becomes inescapable and will eventually suffocate us. With her keen senses and using images Liu Yan turns daily life issues into creative motivation and inspiration. Shawl is a gift from her mother, who often knit for her. At the exhibition opening, Liu unties the knitted burgundy shawl in a gentle yet powerful way, expressing through a live performance the gap and love between two generations. Using simple images her works seem gloomy yet defying, self-contradictory but tactful, so at a glance viewers can understand her predicament and the deep emotionality.
Catherine Cheong works reflect the changes in her body. The more she tries to avoid society, the more issues she finds, many of which are unfathomable. No matter how she tries to take them in societal perspectives, the more she ponders, the more helpless she feels. Besides, entering middle age, she experiences many subtle changes in her body. Therefore for this exhibition, she takes on the changes in the body, namely in her face and hair, to present her queries and reflections on various daily thoughts. Hair loss was the first condition realized by Catherine as a result of internal and external factors. Hence her photo and video work Thoughts and Emotions captures hair loss during hair washing along the years and she simply takes it as a beautiful scene, accepting the situation as natural.
In the installation work Daily Consumerism, she presents printmaking images of the brain and fingers on shopping receipts, joins them using hairs to form a ring that goes in circles evoking endless consumerism, and invites a rethinking: before each shopping act, shall we pause and think whether “we buy because we need it" or “we buy because we want it”?
The video work Three Thousand of Brain Hairs shows black and grey hairs felling off one by one until they fully cover the screen; as the hairs keep falling, turning from black to grey, a dread feeling is conveyed. Here, Catherine raises the topic of body vs. lifespan: as we know that clinging to the body/physical form turns people unhappy and afraid we should accept the changes, and think of impermanence and death and finally we’ll realize that all these changes are not a problem but the way of Nature.
Cora Si Wun Cheng
2003年畢業於澳門理工學院平面設計專科學位；隨後赴法國留學深造，2008年取得法國土倫普羅旺斯地中海高等國立藝術及設計學院 (l’ésadtpm) 視覺藝術系學士學位，主修錄像裝置創作。回澳後在政府部門擔任展覽的設計工作，並積極參於不同類型的藝術展覽活動及專研版畫創作，曾擔任“堂口故事2－愛情在城”等電影的美術指導、協助策劃藝術展覧活動等；於2015年以作品「澳門人」榮獲“第二屆澳門版畫三年展”國際版畫比賽金獎。2017年再度往巴黎進修，並於2018年取得ISC Paris 商業學校的MBA藝術文化碩士管理課程文憑。
In 2003, she obtained a degree in Graphic Design at the Macao Polytechnic Institute; then she went to France to deepen her studies and in 2008 graduated in Visual Arts, specializing in printmaking, at the School of Art and Design, Toulon Provence Mediterranean, France. After returning to Macau, she worked in the public administration, as a exhibition designer, actively participating in different types of art exhibitions. As a specialist in printmaking, she participated in "Macao Stories 2 - Love in the City" and other exhibitions, as art director in film and supporting the organization of art exhibitions; in 2015, she won the " Macau Printmaking Second Triennial ", an international contest of printmaking, with her work "Macao People". In 2017, she went to Paris again and obtained a master's degree in MBA Art Culture Management from the ISC Paris Business School in 2018.
As an individual artist she has explored some of the cultural differences between her surrounding environment, people, people and the environment, society, nature, conflict, assimilation, loneliness and other emotional dimensions. Expressing herself in different artistic languages and using several media, including installation, video, printmaking, photography, she has presented her artwork in France, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Beijing, Macau and many other places.
Now she is studying for a Master of Visual Arts in the 8th University in Paris.
《思》 裝置 鋅版蝕刻 2019
Every time you go to a new place or a new environment, you may have to face different and sudden changes, and your mind and emotions are naturally affected. This creates a lot of mental turbulence, some of it is welcome sometimes, especially for me, an individual with surefficience mentale (mental over-efficiency) who is eager to learn new things, which let my life grow in a process of constant reflection and inspiration.
I assume that every hair on my head is a nerve connecting to my brain and a link to my everyday thoughts: some are spurred by worry; others by desire; and yet some by stress, anxiety, unrest, or tension, whatever! Besides I often have mood swings due to changes in the environment.
Especially when I try to sleep at night, my thoughts start cascading, with many familiar or strange images/scenes appearing one after another like a mental movie screening. These "random thoughts" or rather fantasies are constantly coming up in my mind, always lingering there, like a replay, again and again. Over time, I am led to ask, why "there are so many thoughts?" At the same time I come to reflect on some mainstream values in the current society, such as the standard of beauty, of wealth, of stability, and of happiness. But who is going to define its values and standards? Are some standards just a consumerist trend?
I try to express my doubts and everyday thoughts and emotions about the above queries through various artistic media, including printmaking, video, projection, and installations.
Liu Yan is an artist from China who currently lives and works in Canada. In 2018, she earned a MA from the Ecole Régionale des Beaux-arts de Dunkerque in France and later on went to the University of Quebec in Canada to study visual art. Her research interests include photography and filming, sketching, performance art and soft sculpture. Her main creative focus is the exploration of the "deep spiritual world of humankind", in particular, the subtle female inner emotions like anxiety, confusion, perplex, grief and pain. Using unique and metaphorical visual languages and the body as the medium as well as iterative subtle movements as the narrative language, she always looks for "the connection between the self and the world."
《縫合》 錄像 2017 1'30″
"Thoughts and emotions" to me represent a process of thinking about the truthfulness of the real world, and also a persistent pursuit of life's essence. In response to this theme, I try to interpret what "thoughts and emotions" mean to me, through multiple dimensions such as "the cycle of the world, the truth of life, self-cognition, and personal relationships". I hope to arouse viewers’ attention to the human spiritual world and psychological consciousness, while coaching them to ponder deeper about independent thinking and self-cognition.
開幕+行為藝術 Opening＋Performance Art：27/7 3pm
展期 Extension period：28/7 – 31/8/2019
策展人 Curator : 施援程 Si Wun Cheng Cora
藝之講 Art Talk——多媒體的呈現 Multimedia Art :
27/7 4:00pm 劉 岩《多媒體之於「我」—「人」的延伸》
28/7 4:00pm 蔣靜華《多媒體藝術 X 創新思維》
5:30pm 彭 韞《從太陽底下全是新鮮事，太陽底下沒有新鮮事》
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主辦 Organizer：弘藝峰創作社 Arts Empowering Lab
協辦 Co-organizer：「前瞻」創新多媒體藝術協會(澳門) “Avant-garde” Innovative Multimedia Art Association (Macau)
贊助 sponsor：文化局 Instituto Cultural
場地贊助 Venue sponsor：At Light
開幕相片 ｜Opening photos :
媒體報導 ｜News report：
用藝術的方式思考，阿 潺，澳門日報，2019 年8月27日，F04版
澳門人。澳門事 2019-08-12 第2064集 《思緒》多媒體藝術雙人展
創作者欲望的膨脹 《劉岩 蔣靜華 – 思緒 多媒體藝術雙人展》 生活上的各種煩惱，你會如何表達？