Genealogies of The Surpluses 剩餘系譜 Plaster, Pulp, Fluorescent Tube / 石膏、紙漿、日光燈管 Size Variable / 視場地尺寸而定 2016 ( Installation view of Hieroglyphic Memory: Surveying Bangka Through Narrative Trace, Taipei, 2016 )
My work titled “Genealogies of the Surpluses” proposes possible reflections of traditional sculpture over social issues, beyond the frame of art-making related to historical anthropology and examinations of materials. At the start, I was interested in the nomination of “Bopiliao”. Local elders called the place Bopiliao because during the Ching Dynasty, it was the place where China fir carried by merchant ships from Fuzhou in China went through the debarking process. As for the neighboring area at the intersection of Kangting Rd. and Guangzhou St., since it was developed into a distributing center for charcoal selling in an early period, it was called “Tu-Tan City(土炭市)” in general. There used to be prosperous commercial activities in these streets and there were many exquisite mansions. The streets in the area were built around the 1850s under the reign of Ching Dynasty. Today, as an old district for debarking process, Bopiliao’s surroundings have been encircled by beddings and cardboard boxes carried everywhere by homeless people. I employed sculptural objects made with pulp and plaster through molding process; their construction took trunks and beddings as references. The internal meanings of the objects are linked to histories from the past that extend to the present. The project will re-endow objects’ multiple relations and their positions in reality among torrents of time. The two Chinese characters mean “soil and charcoal”.