Emily Thomas 駐村藝術家裝置《變形》 Solo exhibition Shapeshifter by artist Emily Thomas
時間 Date2019-07-05 ~ 2019-08-31
地點 Venue蕭壠文化園區，鐵道區 Siao-Long Cultural Park, Railway
Solo exhibition Shapeshifter by artist Emily Thomas
蕭壠文化園區，鐵道區 Siao-Long Cultural Park, Railway
In her solo exhibition Shapeshifter, Emily Thomas presents her first outdoor installation.
Categorised somewhere between architecture, object, painting and sculpture, the work has been inspired by stylistic qualities found within specific examples of architecture in Taiwan.
Moving through time, these include the prehistoric stilt architecture of indigenous tribes presented in Taitung’s Peinan Site, forts constructed during Dutch and Spanish settlements such as Anping Old Fort and the Chihkan Tower, the sweeping imperial roofs of traditional Chinese architecture (a common feature of Confucius temples), western-style buildings such as the Hayashi Department Store, modern surrealist buildings such as the National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts, and the present day residential housing of Jiali. This combination of architectural styles reflects the cultural fusion within Taiwan. It signifies architecture as an indicator of the country’s rich political history and how this has shaped Taiwanese society over the centuries.
Emily creates a sense of place identity through her symbolic use of form, materiality and colour.
For example, in Surrounded by Snakes in the Grass she has used bamboo and stilts to portray the relevant architectural form and materiality of indigenous prehistoric stilt architecture.
Decorative features of aboriginal textile designs have also been integrated to reflect indigenous culture. The colour green symbolises these rural communities and their respect for the environment. The title refers to the colonising newcomers to the island at the time as Snakes in the Grass, who attempted to destroy indigenous culture. Siao-Long Cultural Park’s historic and enchanting railway line serves as a fitting location for this installation, which tracks Taiwan’s architectural timeline. Emily has uncovered how architecture has previously served and will continue to serve as a literal and metaphorical Shapeshifter of place identity through time.