Fold ferning by Keng-Hung Lin

Object  /  Natural   Figurative   Floral   Organic
Published: 16.02.2021
Keng-Hung Lin
Fold ferning
Copper, patina.
Left: 16.5 x 53 x 25 cm; Right: 10.5 x 55 x 30 cm
Photo by:
Wen-Hsing Hsu
Fold-forming, repoussé, chasing.

Keng-Hung Lin is fascinated by the growth of nature. For his work, he was inspired by the beauty and biodiversity of the ferns in Taiwan, especially their changeability and power. He recreates these properties in his metal objects. For him, metal is a living material that he processes in different techniques and he follows thoughtfully the development of forms. He strives to recreate the properties of the ferns in the metal. Keng-Hung Lin stretches and folds the metal to create smooth, three-dimensional, semi-open shapes whose elegant curves match those of the plants. He creates the shape of sporangia through repoussé and chasing. Finally, the work is patinated. The poetic objects of Keng-Hung Lin reveal their role model, but a careful stylization and the renunciation of naturalistic colours underline his curiosity and research interest in ferns. The condition between imitation and translation directly from nature is surprisingly balanced.

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