Artist residency in Budapest, Hungary: “The black ocean”
“It is not an image I am seeking. It’s not an idea. It’s an emotion you want to recreate, an emotion of wanting, of giving and of destroying” (Bernadec, 1996, p.7)
“The black ocean” conveys the idea of migration and vitality. It’s related to my observation of different culture and the further psychological transformation in Hungary. Black represents for my “the intensity of the emotions involved”, and is often synonymous with sorrow. It arouses the perception of mystery, infinity, danger, violence, shame, jealousy, and depression. In “The black ocean” I apply black to nature, linking the landscape with the body - psychological and physiological reaction. The ocean in particular is a reference point for me. It reorients me in times of emotional vulnerability, while the deep sound of continual waves and the vast scene have a positive, calming energy. By filling ocean with black color is the way to achieve the symbolic associations.
The promise brings the problems
A pile of thumb ceramics is about promise and forgiveness. The hand gesture of promise between people becomes my inspiration. Thumb presents the final serious deal, it’s like a contract and a stamp.
There are 490 pieces of ceramics. The number is related to forgiveness in the Christian Bible.
“21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Gone But Never Forgotten
E kettő kell nekem.
- Petőfi Sándor
“Life is precious of all, but love is indeed valuable more. If, for the sake of freedom, I must pay, I would the above give away.” - Petőfi Sándor
This piece of work conveys not only freedom, love and life, but also presents the positive way to see the historic trauma. The window is the metaphor of geography of Budapest. Many tight strings show the power of collaboration. Using a word in Chinese “愛” (LOVE) bridges the broken top and below windows expresses the hope of reconciliation. This Chinese word become an abstract form while combined by pixel way, but still readable. Red color represents “lucky” and “blessed” in Chinese culture. The idea of background color comes from water and sky, means freedom.
Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
This installation gives the picture of thinking process which is connected by time and space. The ceramics describe the behavior of people what is throwing away the bad memories. In addition, these three old books are from Germany and Hungary, they became my daily journal. Putting the contemporary idea in old era is like an idea exchanged or coexistent.