葉怡利

YEH Yi-Li

 Yeh Yi-Li, born in Taiwan in 1973. She graduated from M.F.A. Graduate Institute of Applied Arts, National Tainan University of Arts.

When talking about the three keywords “Taiwan”, “female” and “contemporary art”, the most representative is Yeh Yi-Li. She often extracts nutrients from popular culture and living environment. The relationship between human, nature and nature; she uses her body as a medium to travel between space and time, and instinctively plays, dressed as magical monsters, fairies, evil women and other characters, walking in a civilized city or leisurely Expressed in the art form of performance video in nature. “In-game” is like “creating”, and the process is the most important part of artistic creation.

About My Sculpture – Scene‧ Object —

I create landscape and objects by re-organizing scenes and objects from memories: Zen inside forests, pebbles in creeks, animals at remote plains and high mountains, people in pavilion…, or the seemingly pure and clean and yet extinct South and North Poles? Those wonderful scenes remaining in my memories form huge contrast against my life experiences in the reality. It turns out that those beautiful scenes to me are exits from the real world. Those good things are once so true and now they are no longer real. They sound like illusory only seen in bubbles. I try to re-organize scenes and objects frozen in certain time frame and thus generate misplacement of time and space. Where are those scenes and objects now and here, once and over there? My intention is to capture the illusionary time passing among the Nature, objects andmankind. In this series, I adopt the sculptural concept of piling on that is commonly seen in ceramic sculpture for forming. Ceramic is a conventional material and I intend to add new periodical language in this ancient medium. So I choose found-object, for example those appear in daily life. I adopt the existed form and shape of those objects to make interesting shapes of my artworks. Another example is TOY BRICK. In my viewpoint, TOY BRICK created with plastic grants is like self-taught and do-ityourself sculpture. Everyone could create a threedimensional model in clear shape, so long as he/she follows instructions. Moreover, the form or shape could be changed as one wished anytime. The plastic grant TOY BRICK provides a concept that everyone could create sculpture on their own.