攝影│智邦藝術基金會 / Anew Chen
Arts Method of a Continuously Playing Child
Having entered the world of arts not until 2014, Wang Jiayu resembled a curious child venturing into a vast forest; her imagination was triggered by every seed fell on the ground, leaf of a big tree and the light which penetrates the foliage.
Wang, who was adapt to ordinary life prior to the National Taiwan University of Arts´ graduate program in fine arts, graduated from the College of Management, accepted an English language position as a creative arts teacher, smoothly found her love and got married – accomplishing all the tasks set out in front of her with the pragmatism of a Virgo. However, the mischievous child inside her wanted to time and again uncover more of the abundant world.
Paper dolls and Barbies are playmates to many girls in their childhood. Changing clothes, different decorative articles and planned out scenes allow girls to play with different roles. Wang describes her creative thinking as being a similar process: the scene, costume and the makeup allow the model in front of a camera to transform into a role in her mind.
Since Wang had Afu – her poodle dog – it too has transformed into an important protagonist in Wang´s photography and illustrative work.
”I observe the characteristics of the target objects, and allow them to enter roles through props and stage design”.
Wang likes to observe and interact with people. In the abyss of her imagination, the world is a big playground full of interesting people and things, and even when faced with matters she does not like, she just shrugs them off with a smile: ”the world has so much unknown worth exploring, that one needs not to get bogged down in frustration”.
With destiny rolling the dice, life is a game of gains
Because of her work having a demand for children´s art courses in 2013, Wang found herself studying again, having unexpectedly passed the entrance exam into the NTUA´s extracurricular studies, and, despite her family´s objection, spent much of her time completing courses on painting studies.
Born in the surroundings of the College of Management, and having grown up in a big family, she developed a tendency to think of giving her all for the common goals and the best interest of the given group. When she entered the world of arts, she came across a question she had not often thought of: what is a person? How to explain one´s thoughts?
”I grew up in a 100% conservative household where, in the eyes of the elders, studying arts is not a way to make money, and where my shift from the stable life towards arts was seen by the family members as something prohibited and rebellious”.
While she talks about the time of her family´s prejudice towards studying arts, she also mentions the support and encouragement from her partner, that makes her now feel fortunate.
Encouraged by her friend, Wang applied to the Art Site of Railway Warehouse´s artist residency in Hsinchu in the end of 2018. Her immature ”rascal plan” was well received, and once given the chance for residency, with her self-identity at odds with what the society expected from her, she entered the impatient and baffling art scene.
”My rascal plan is about breaking free from the common customs in society, as if violating the parking order which allows the residents´ taboos only; a woman spilling the beans about misconceptions of a child; an education system taken over by utilitarianism... There are too many things which are known to be bad, but if many enough people do them, a blind eye is given. I want to talk about them in an exaggerated, funny, and eye-catching way.” The immature part in her work is a loud voice expressing matters of self-identity, much like a graffiti would work as a pointer on a street map.
Wang likes to let the pictures talk. She expresses the innermost self through photography and graffiti. However, the long lasting ”good kid” education system makes her worry that her works are misunderstood as jokes or just plain shit.
”I am more about passion than sense, as I do things I find interesting. And when it comes to the next step, whether entering into arts education or artist residency, it is due to a result of spontaneous actions or unexpected outcomes”.
Wang talks calmly about her series of unexpected events which she describes as similar to bungee jumping. From the desire to jump, and the prior hesitance and tension arising from all kinds of fears, comes about the surpassing of the inner obstacle, as one pushes oneself to do it and to happily enjoy it.
In 2019, she looks forward to enjoying her heart´s content the hardships, worries and melancholy on the road to arts, while also embracing the concentration, excitement and pleasure that come with it.
2015 Which is the first?五人聯展/北投公民會館