攝影/ FiXER Photographic Studio、陳奕揚
Tea enthusiasts know how the taste of tea leaves follows the mood of the taster. Furthermore, whilst savoring the tea, sometimes a sense of spatial awareness woos the tip of one’s tongue or nose. On the day of the interview, I watched Qiuduo’s hands steep the tea as I observed his paintings, had a sip of his brew, and began to sample the overlapping spaces found within the tea, the studio and Qiuduo’s works.
Qiuduo is an artist who starts his work from scratch. He begins by gluing the canvas, tacking the stretcher and inserting a wooden board on the back, after which he turns the thing right way round and starts to work on his composition. Points, lines and planes are elements often found in his works. According to Qiuduo, these geometric fundamentals are like metrics in poetry: to an extent, they allow indulgence to one’s heart’s content, reflecting oneself during the time of creation – in likeness to the way I saw Qiuduo focus on working the texture and conforming the medium.
“At the time of my early works, I began to fit the stretcher with a wooden board so that I could sand the canvas. The board added structural support so that the sanding process would go smoothly.” Qiuduo deliberately disrupts the canvas’ original texture, making it smooth, so as to better correspond with the way he experiences dimensions midst his streak of various creative ideas, by not having the surface-texture obstruct the picture. In Qiuduo’s recent works, the texture has slowly begun to come about, uncovering intuitively the object medium, which is allowed to somewhat alter the pictures that constitute of geometric strokes.
“I don’t do the sanding anymore, but the board is added regardless.” The wooden board has come to mark Qiuduo’s works, and it also discloses his persistent nature: it allows the works to stay in pristine condition, lessening the impact of the elements on them, regardless of the time when a collector expressed worry over the increased weight that comes with the board. “Oil painting canvases can often deform due to Taiwan’s humid climate or if subjected to improper placement, and thus I insist on having the board” is Qiuduo’s way of saying: better safe than sorry.
Having practiced arts for twenty years, all the while recounting creative bottlenecks to himself, Qiuduo uses his chosen medium to document his most immediate thought-processes. Recently, alongside arts, he has taken up teaching and interacting with folks of different ages. “If art is about personal relief, then teaching is about acquiring creativity and sharing it wholeheartedly”.