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Formosa on My Mind. Contemporary Jewellery Object of Taiwan

Exhibition  /  08 Oct 2019  -  18 Oct 2019
Published: 18.09.2019
RMIT Site Eight Gallery
Curator:
Robert Baines, I Ying Chiang
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Intro
In the midsummer of 2019, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) had the honor of hosting a visit by the renowned jewellery artist and goldsmith Professor Robert Baines, who was designated Living Treasure: Master of Australian Craft. During his visit, in addition to conducting the first phase of the eight-week workshop Precious Objects: Object and Association, he also delivered a four-part lecture series titled Robert Baines: Fifty Years a Goldsmith. During the lecture series, apart from providing some background on a few of his notable artworks, he shared his unique insight into the art of goldsmithing and jewellery making, as well as his creative theories.

Artist list

Olivia Bai, Annie Cai, Emma Chen, Nancy Chen, Yi Xuan Chen, Eva Chung, Yii Chung, Runa Cian, Zona Jian, Megan Kuo, Innis Lai, Ravy Lai, Lorraine Lee, Tina Lin, Ean Lu, Funghi Lui, Sabrina Sit, Phoebe Su, Diana Wang, Tina Wang, Karen Wei, Newt Yu
Formosa on My Mind’ is an exhibition outcome of Prof. Baines teaching residency in NTHU, Taiwan. His workshop and lectures focused on the origins of an idea and the strategies to develop a subject using single line drawing, collage and assemblage. The students from Hsin Chu City using methodologies of interpretation and reinterpretation have developed objects for Project I & II with imbued personal meaning. At the end of July, Prof. Baines left Taiwan after this first phase of the teaching residency and Prof. I-Ying Chiang continued to encourage the students and eagerly put into practice the methods and strategies learned from Prof. Baines to develop works for project III included in Formosa on My Mind. The exhibition is being held at RMIT University and includes an archive presentation on the methods and strategies learned in Prof. Baines master class.

Taiwan has long been known to Europeans as Formosa, and beautiful was the name given to it by the 16th century Portuguese sailors who were taken aback by their first sight of this verdant island off the southern coast of Asia. Most of the young artists participating in this exhibition were born, raised and have studied in Taiwan. The curatorial concept of Formosa on My Mind is the way in which the cultural and natural richness of the island of Taiwan nourishes the creative instinct of its young artists, resulting in the distinctive intertwining of ideas which has become contemporary youth culture of Taiwan. Guided by the innovative potential of the contemporary jewellery object created by the young Taiwanese artists, the exhibition revisits the past, surveys the present, and gazes into the future, taking visitors on an exploratory journey into the enchanting cultural landscape of this beautiful island dangling like a drop of fresh dew on the edge of imagination. 


Floor Talks: 8th of October, Tuesday, at 4 pm - 5 pm.

Opening

8th of October, Tuesday, at 6 pm.
Innis Lai. Brooch: Under Construction, 2019. Copper, brass, stainless steel.. 10 x 10 x 3 cm. Photo by: Tsung Yi Lin. 
. Temple is an important living space for Taiwanese people. It is like a convergence of micro-society and more so a miniature of the local culture. I compared Taiwan to the temple of democracy and referenced the shape from Ci Yun Temple in Dazhuang where I frequent. I used the idea “Under Construction” to develop a temple constructed on top of the floating Mount Penglai. The scaffolding standing in between implies that Taiwan is still in development. The temple dedicated to democracy and sheltering people still has some undemolished sign, symbolizing the current drawbacks of the democratic system that must be improved quickly. Democracy is what makes Taiwan a beacon of the Chinese Community, and this brooch could show people the most beautiful value of Taiwan.. Innis Lai
Brooch: Under Construction, 2019
Copper, brass, stainless steel.
10 x 10 x 3 cm
Photo by: Tsung Yi Lin

Temple is an important living space for Taiwanese people. It is like a convergence of micro-society and more so a miniature of the local culture. I compared Taiwan to the temple of democracy and referenced the shape from Ci Yun Temple in Dazhuang where I frequent. I used the idea “Under Construction” to develop a temple constructed on top of the floating Mount Penglai. The scaffolding standing in between implies that Taiwan is still in development. The temple dedicated to democracy and sheltering people still has some undemolished sign, symbolizing the current drawbacks of the democratic system that must be improved quickly. Democracy is what makes Taiwan a beacon of the Chinese Community, and this brooch could show people the most beautiful value of Taiwan.

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Megan Kuo. Brooch: Pinch, 2019. Copper, brass, bamboo strip.. 8 x 10 x 5 cm. Photo by: Tsung Yi Lin. 
. Bamboo mat is part of my memory growing up. It is a necessity for every home in subtropical Taiwan. People lay the bamboo mat flat on the bed when summers arrive and roll it for storage in the closet in fall. The traditional bamboo mat is woven with parallel bamboo strips. The surface is cool and helps people sleep better in the summer heat. However, when lying on top of the traditional bamboo mat, your skin and hair would often be pinched by the gap between the bamboo strips that cause fragmented flesh pulling when you get up. This tiny pain became part of the process growing up and resembled the subtle sadness and anxiety in life, leaving me a vivid memory.. Megan Kuo
Brooch: Pinch, 2019
Copper, brass, bamboo strip.
8 x 10 x 5 cm
Photo by: Tsung Yi Lin

Bamboo mat is part of my memory growing up. It is a necessity for every home in subtropical Taiwan. People lay the bamboo mat flat on the bed when summers arrive and roll it for storage in the closet in fall. The traditional bamboo mat is woven with parallel bamboo strips. The surface is cool and helps people sleep better in the summer heat. However, when lying on top of the traditional bamboo mat, your skin and hair would often be pinched by the gap between the bamboo strips that cause fragmented flesh pulling when you get up. This tiny pain became part of the process growing up and resembled the subtle sadness and anxiety in life, leaving me a vivid memory.

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Nancy Chen. Brooch: Home In My Eyes, 2019. Egg shell, brass.. 9 x 9 x 6 cm. Photo by: Tsung Yi Lin. 
. Home is a very important existence to me, which brings me lots of comforts and energy. I was born in the countryside of Pingtung, Taiwan. Our house has the character of traditional Taiwanese architecture, with family last name and antithetical couplet engraved around the gate. My grandparents built this house with their hard-earned savings when they were young. My father grew up here and my brother and I were also born here. This house gradually showed rotted conditions just like the process of ageing in life. Although lives pass and change, the important moments are always preserved in the memories. No matter how the reality changes and where I am, the corners and images of the old house can always arise in my mind.. Nancy Chen
Brooch: Home In My Eyes, 2019
Egg shell, brass.
9 x 9 x 6 cm
Photo by: Tsung Yi Lin

Home is a very important existence to me, which brings me lots of comforts and energy. I was born in the countryside of Pingtung, Taiwan. Our house has the character of traditional Taiwanese architecture, with family last name and antithetical couplet engraved around the gate. My grandparents built this house with their hard-earned savings when they were young. My father grew up here and my brother and I were also born here. This house gradually showed rotted conditions just like the process of ageing in life. Although lives pass and change, the important moments are always preserved in the memories. No matter how the reality changes and where I am, the corners and images of the old house can always arise in my mind.

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Yii Chung. Brooch: Cherishment, 2019. Brass, Japanese embroidery thread, yarn, pearl, sterling silver.. 11 x 9 x 3 cm. Photo by: Tsung Yi Lin. 
. Commonly called as mountain city, Miaoli is the hometown where I grew up. Due to my father’s job as an excavator driver, I had more chance to be in close contact with the mountains. I could wander in the mountain forest and observe beautiful flora and fauna in details. With the spirit of sustainability, my father always treasures everything the mother earth has to offer. He only made minimal use of the land without creating too much burden for it. No matter how the current environmental conditions are, I hope every one of us using the land could value it more, as everything could disappear someday.. Yii Chung
Brooch: Cherishment, 2019
Brass, Japanese embroidery thread, yarn, pearl, sterling silver.
11 x 9 x 3 cm
Photo by: Tsung Yi Lin

Commonly called as mountain city, Miaoli is the hometown where I grew up. Due to my father’s job as an excavator driver, I had more chance to be in close contact with the mountains. I could wander in the mountain forest and observe beautiful flora and fauna in details. With the spirit of sustainability, my father always treasures everything the mother earth has to offer. He only made minimal use of the land without creating too much burden for it. No matter how the current environmental conditions are, I hope every one of us using the land could value it more, as everything could disappear someday.

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Olivia Bai. Brooch: Faith, 2019. Bras, plastic.. 8 x 8 x 2 cm. Photo by: Tsung Yi Lin. Olivia Bai
Brooch: Faith, 2019
Bras, plastic.
8 x 8 x 2 cm
Photo by: Tsung Yi Lin
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