鄧文貞 DEN Wen-Jen跨領域藝術Interdisciplinary
Since graduating from National Superior Fine Arts School (L'ENSB - A) Paris, France, in 1999, Denghas been creating works which have beenshown atmultiple exhibitions, bothin Taiwan and abroad. Inthe beginning, Dengcleverly combined oil painting and embroidery,following whichshe moved on to mixed media paintings on Hakka printed cloth. Recently, she has been working on soft sculpture made with natural dyes, together with wovenand embroidered maps, traversing the world of multiple typesof fibers.
Deng was born in Dongzhu, Hualian - formerly known asTourenpu, and once called Zhutian - to which Deng’s Hakkanese grandfather had walked from Zhudong, Hsinchu. Deng’s mother came from Majialu, a hunting areawhich the SirayaPlain Tribe in Dazhuanghad been given by the aboriginalPuyuma Tribe in 1862,along with cattle and pigs. Dazhuang, now Dongli, is a village formed by the Siraya people who moved to eastern Taiwan to evade the Chinese. Many years ago, Dengconsulted the household register transcript back to the Japanese-occupationperiod, and found her maternal family was all marked as ‘Shou’, a symbolic characterrepresenting Taiwanese plains aborigines. This finding embeddeditself intoDeng’s mind and hasinspired herto discoverwhere her roots lie.