'Fail to Reach'
HSU CHIAO YEN Solo Exhibition
HSU CHIAO YEN Solo Exhibition
Fail to Reach
Vulnerable, insignificant, and helpless, we humans can merely try our best to live each day when faced with the old scars in life, faltering as we move forward. Perhaps one day the ice will melt, and the past will eventually rest in peace.
The story begins with this image. The bird photographed in the key vision froze to death on the tree in the frosty weather. I tried to imagine myself as the bird in the freezing cold. It had embraced hope and waited for the sunshine to come after the snowstorm, looking forward to the happiness of returning to the nest after the weather would clear up. Thus, it temporarily rested here. What a pity that it was not able to survive the cold weather and become such a beautiful stay.
Although I only took a glance at this scene, it lasted in my mind for a long time and could not be forgotten. I used this image as the beginning of my creation and to bring out the delicate feelings and central theme of my work. The exhibition area is divided into separate spaces, and is a complete and elegant environment where there are outdoor, indoor, and garden spaces. The objects outside the wall are sections of tree branches covered with glossy black matters, marking a futile attempt to hide the wounds. On the wall, the withered turf covered in snow is printed from recorded images that are memories now. The snow scene within the fence seems to convey certain visual temperature, but it is actually created with lime powder that has a dusty smell. There are also buckets ticking with sound of water leaking through canvas. They deliver my perspectives on various matters and scenes that "fail to reach" in my life. Their faintly discernible existence is like a veil of mist that slowly settles and forms a film of feelings.
Fail to Reach continues the consistent naming approach of my work, and describes different states of life experience. The words speak the failure to achieve a certain purpose. Whether it is "fail to reach” or “failure,” they both convey the meaning of “one thing is left to be continued at a certain stage.” “Fail to reach” also reflects various situations faced by people experiencing predicaments in current society in the journey of life or their passive responses to situations that have taken place. They can only force themselves to face such situations, and cannot get rid of the uncomfortableness in their mind. Most of the people under such situations experience doubts and suspicions from others, and such a force tends to become another potential factor leading to the stress in life and the destruction of will, which leave people in a helpless state. Where exactly is the line that defines our failure to reach? Who can determine it? In this series of work, I display my observations in life that are associated with my feelings. Therefore, this exhibition is slightly different from my past exhibitions. In the exhibition space, the works tend to be less individually defined; instead, the entire environment and atmosphere captures and speaks the overall concept of the exhibition. In addition, I employ the characteristics of and my sensibility towards the media to interpret the title, Fail to Reach.
Embracing the hope in a dejected and drowsy environment, it is hoped that the beautiful bird can see the next sunrise again, and never gives up on hope despite the harsh environment. After all, when it chooses to stay on that tree, it can only keep moving on in this path without looking back.