2021.01.30 - 2021.11.30｜ Store, Yu-Hsiu Museum of Art
In the space between history and our future lies the present.
As the pandemic spreads across the globe and becomes a common situation faced by all humanity, the international living circle has shrunk and everyone’s worldview has been expanding. On the land between mountains and seas, gaps created by distance have become necessary safe space (distancing) in between people. In such space, different equal or rival relations also gradually develop into suitable forms. However, in between states, individuals, mankind and nature, the future and the past, the only thing that remains unchanged is the present, whereas what constantly changes are unstable and unknown possibilities that are happening and about to happen.
In this series, human body is conceived as a crowd. While the right hand and the left hand can operate alone and independently, they work together most of the time. These limbs that represent different individuals form blank spaces that indicate the distance in between. The interweaving colors, on the other hand, fill the blankness, showing the current order that has been reset, as well as the present that is happening.
Origin: In Between is a series inspired by the unprecedented global pandemic in 2020. During this period, I have found myself in a helpless long-distance relationship, and many plans have been disrupted and hindered. In video calls day in and day out, I suddenly realized one day that the place in the screen, with its time zone opposite of mine, was also in the present. It was like I had digressed and stepped unto a different path when we were supposed to move toward the same direction, and consequently ended up at a different place of the same moment in time. The time that has passed cannot be re-lived, and I could only hope that this path would eventually lead to a point where our paths would merge once again.
Also, the world that is not Taiwan has become so different. The once familiar place is now strange to me, leaving only the person in the screen constantly reminding me that the world he inhabits still exists. With the long distance in between, we are connected through the screens—sometimes, it feels like I am looking into a magic mirror, conversing with myself in another space-time. When the video call is answered, the world becomes connected, leaving behind clues of the present that are happening.
CHIEN Ching-Fang Faye
CHIEN Ching-Fang, or Faye, holds a BA in Theater Design from Taipei National University of the Arts and an MA in Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. In addition to her creative brand, fxiii, which features illustrations created with embroidery, her practice also spans the fields of theater design, public art, interior design and exhibition spatial narrative.
About the embroidery illustration brand—fxiii
“Fxiii” is a combination of the English letter “F” and the Roman numeral “xiii,” which originated from “Flat 13,” the artist’s residence in the UK, and “Floor 13,” her home in Taipei. The brand name not only indicates the importance of life experience that serves as inspiration to her creative work, but also the multiple possibilities conveyed by the number 13, which is auspicious in some culture and ominous in some. Fxiii’s work departs from the typical impression of embroidery, which usually depicts heartwarming, fresh and adorable subject matters. Instead, her work communicates a sense of helplessness when one realizes that life is cruel and there is no point in covering the fact. Starting from her observation of society, she transforms spatial narratives into embroidery illustrations, using each and every stitch to slowly document this imperfect yet beautiful world.
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