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Crossing Pain and Intimate Memories

Crossing Pain and Intimate Memories

I-Yen Chen

Gallery 4
Opening 07.08.19 6-8pm
Artist Talks 29.08.19 6-7pm

Struggle is not easy to be seen, unless it shows its marks on flesh. 

What at first most entices, in the end brings you pain. 

Since 2016, I have been working on the concept of the “metaphorical landscape,” using landscape as a carrier to investigate how human beings strive to shape their surroundings with their dreams and desires in order to find affinity with the world they inhabit. With the language they use and the image they create, humans construct their world view. So intricately are such “worlds” constructed that they reveal the mental activities of their creators. With this project, I shift from a focus on the external world of others to my own internal world.

“Crossing Pain and Intimate Memories” recreates and represents the various stages of one’s mentality during the process I think of as “passing through.” Borders and lines are not easily recognized or defined. Living in a contemporary society, we experience crossings of these lines more frequently than we may notice. Such crossings that seem enticing in the early stages often become barbed. But how could one’s struggle be acknowledged when there is no obvious wound? This project presents the subtleness of such struggle. None is accused as perpetrator, and yet many suffer. The audience are invited to enter a psychological landscape cautiously formed by the artist. The artist materializes the conceptual crossing into a physical action, through which perhaps memories of one’s own crossing may be awakened, float to the surface, and fall into the space itself to mingle with those of the artist.


I-Yen holds a Bachelor of Arts, in History from National Taiwan University. She received her Master of Contemporary Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne in 2016. With her background in the humanities and personal experience, I-Yen is very interested in historical events and human mindsets. This also has endowed her with a sensitive yet critical approach toward issues of culture. Her strong sense of physical space and surroundings made her works often take the form of spatial installations. I-Yen has widely showed in galleries and art spaces around Australia and Taiwan since 2016. She is currently also a freelance writer and art critic.

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I-Yen Chen, A Heavenly Way, 2019, video (HD 1280 x720), 10m 00.

I-Yen Chen, A Heavenly Way, 2019, video (HD 1280 x720), 10m 00.

I-Yen Chen, Intimate Memo, 2019, projection image, installation dimension variable.

Earlier Event: August 7
Brown Pillars
Later Event: September 4
Before the tonsils stop